Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 & 2

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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
As a pendant to their recent and controversial recordings of the Brahms symphonies, Telarc has released new versions of the composer's Serenades with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. Except for the decision not to use divided violins in the D major Serenade there are no violin parts in the A major, the recording uses the same reduced forces and natural horns employed in the symphony recordings. But given the inherently lighter nature of the pieces themselves, the effect here is far greater. Along with the appealing intimacy of the performances, there is a wonderfully relaxed, easygoing quality in the interpretations matched only by ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
As a pendant to their recent and controversial recordings of the Brahms symphonies, Telarc has released new versions of the composer's Serenades with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. Except for the decision not to use divided violins in the D major Serenade there are no violin parts in the A major, the recording uses the same reduced forces and natural horns employed in the symphony recordings. But given the inherently lighter nature of the pieces themselves, the effect here is far greater. Along with the appealing intimacy of the performances, there is a wonderfully relaxed, easygoing quality in the interpretations matched only by Istvan Kertész in his classic London recording. Mackerras has the advantage of state-of-the-art digital sound and the superb acoustics of the Glasgow City Hall, which seem to bathe everything in the glow of a late summer afternoon. If you're searching for a first-rate modern recording of these magical works from Brahms's early years, then look no further than here.
Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
These two youthful serenades are among Brahms's sunniest works. The Serenade in D Major is spread luxuriantly into six substantial movements. The Serenade in A Major is more svelte, laid out in five shorter movements and calling for an unusual orchestral ensemble that includes a chirping piccolo, but not a single violin. Sir Charles Mackerras highlights the freshness of Brahms's inspiration by emphasizing the music's vivid colors. Through careful balance, he makes sure that every lustrous detail of the orchestration can be heard. The result is delightfully evocative, with the rustic buzzing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's french horns providing particular pleasure. There's also a wonderful sense of intimacy in these interpretations that perfectly suits the music's character. Brahms may have modestly titled these works serenades, suggesting music in a light vein, but Mackerras shows once and for all that there's soul-stirring profundity here as well as sweet diversion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408052224
  • Catalog Number: 80522
  • Sales rank: 65,566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Serenade for orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 - Johannes Brahms & Anilda Carrasquillo (48:18)
  2. 7–11 Serenade for orchestra No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 - Johannes Brahms & Anilda Carrasquillo (31:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Mackerras Primary Artist
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