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Brahms: Greatest Hits
     

Brahms: Greatest Hits

 
Sony's 2010 album Brahms: Greatest Hits follows the example set by the older Columbia and CBS Masterworks greatest-hits series, yet while several of the pieces are the same as those on its predecessors, the personnel for this disc is quite different. Replacing the stalwarts of the 1970s lineup, such as Leonard Bernstein,

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Sony's 2010 album Brahms: Greatest Hits follows the example set by the older Columbia and CBS Masterworks greatest-hits series, yet while several of the pieces are the same as those on its predecessors, the personnel for this disc is quite different. Replacing the stalwarts of the 1970s lineup, such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, and André Kostelanetz, are George Szell, Fritz Reiner, James Levine, and Pierre Monteux, to show something of the increased choices available beyond the label's older catalog listings. The "Academic Festival Overture," the "Hungarian Dance No. 5," and excerpts from the "Symphony No. 1" and the "Symphony No. 3" are revisited in different performances, and the substitution of a vocal version of the famous "Wiegenlied" ("Brahms' Lullaby") for Kostelanetz's easy listening arrangement is a plus. The additional excerpts from the "Piano Concerto No. 2" , the "Violin Concerto," and "Ein deutsches Requiem" give a fuller impression of Brahms' style and substance than the shorter LP and CD releases could, and the replacement of the "Waltz in A flat major" with the "Intermezzo in A major" is at least an equivalent swap. The one thing beginners should guard against is the notion that this greatest-hits album or any others, for that matter, are sufficient for learning about classical music; this is certainly an enjoyable introduction to the music of Brahms, but there are many greater recordings of his complete pieces available, so don't stop with this compilation.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886976187828
catalogNumber:
761878

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: 4. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
  2. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: 3. Poco allegretto
  3. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place
  4. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: 2. Adagio
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 4. Allegretto grazioso
  6. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
  7. Intermezzo for piano in A major, Op. 118/2
  8. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  9. Academic Festival Overture, for orchestra in C minor ("Akademische Festouvertüre"), Op. 80

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