- Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
- Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
- Academic Festival Overture, for orchestra in C minor ("Akademische Festouvertüre"), Op. 80
- Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
- Tragic Overture, in D minor, Op. 81
- Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
In conducting the Romantic repertoire, Christian Thielemann is a reliable traditionalist, so his interpretations of the symphonies, overtures, and concertos of Johannes Brahms are based on the conventions established by most 20th century German conductors. This is good news for fans who want their Brahms solid and serious, but not too cerebral or streamlined, and definitely not retro-fitted according to historical informed practices. At the same time, this conservative approach can seem a bit staid and unadventurous, especially to collectors who already own several sets that are more or less identical in performance style and sound, so it takes the added appeal of violinist Lisa Batiashvili in the "Violin Concerto in D major" and pianist Maurizio Pollini in the "Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor" and the "Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major" to sell this Deutsche Grammophon set, notwithstanding the excellence of Thielemann or the Dresden Staatskapelle. Listeners should note, however, that the Batiashvili and Pollini offerings are DVDs, not the CDs that were separately released. Recorded live between 2011 and 2012, the performances in Dresden's Semperopera have a rich and burnished sound, which enhances Thielemann's serious and somewhat weighty approach.