Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 & 2; Haydn Variations; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture; Alto Rhapsody

Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 & 2; Haydn Variations; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture; Alto Rhapsody

by Adrian Boult
     
 

While they may not be without flaws, these '70s performances of miscellaneous orchestral works by Brahms with Adrian Boult leading either the London Philharmonic or the London Symphony are still deep, honest, and true...and very, very musical. So while one may say with justification that, for example, the…  See more details below

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While they may not be without flaws, these '70s performances of miscellaneous orchestral works by Brahms with Adrian Boult leading either the London Philharmonic or the London Symphony are still deep, honest, and true...and very, very musical. So while one may say with justification that, for example, the "Second Serenade"'s central Adagio non troppo is a bit fast and its rhythms not quite precise or that the Haydn "Variations"' Grazioso is a tad awkward and its winds not quite balanced, one could not say with a clear conscience that Boult does not understand this music with every fiber of his being and does not express it with a naturalness and even a nobility that brooks no dispute. Listen to the joy of the outer movements of the "First Serenade," the bliss of the outer movements of the "Second Serenade," and, especially, the enormous heartbreak of the "Tragic Overture." Nor could one say that the London musicians do not respond with respect and affection and that they do not perform with an energy and dedication that make the music glow with humanity. And one would never say that Janet Baker's performance of the "Alto Rhapsody" with Boult and the LPO is not one of the most moving recordings of the work ever made. In sum, anyone who loves Baker, Boult, or Brahms should hear these discs, especially in EMI's brilliantly restored stereo sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0094636522920
catalogNumber:
65229

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Tracks

  1. Academic Festival Overture, for orchestra in C minor ("Akademische Festouvertüre"), Op. 80  - Johannes Brahms  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Serenade for orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 11  - Johannes Brahms  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Alto Rhapsody, for alto, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 53  - Johannes Brahms  - John Alldis  - Janet Baker  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Men's Voices of the John Alldis Choir
  4. Tragic Overture, in D minor, Op. 81  - Johannes Brahms  - Adrian Boult  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Serenade for orchestra No. 2 in A major, Op. 16  - Johannes Brahms  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra in B flat major (St. Anthony Variations), Op. 56a  - Johannes Brahms  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra

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