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Gewandhausorchester Leipzig|Johannes Brahms : The Symphonies

Johannes Brahms : The Symphonies

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Riccardo Chailly

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For most listeners' purposes, Riccardo Chailly's set of Johannes Brahms' four symphonies will seem standard-issue, with respectable and uncontroversial interpretations from an esteemed conductor, and rich and resonant performances by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Even in the choice of filler pieces, the set includes the three orchestral works that are usually packaged with the symphonies: the Tragic Overture, the Haydn Variations, and the Academic Festival Overture. However, this set offers welcome suprises and extra value for the purchase. Two orchestral arrangements of the Interludes, Opp. 116 and 117 for piano, are included, along with instrumental versions of a handful of Liebeslieder Waltzes and three of the orchestrated Hungarian Dances, which may be incentives to listeners who are looking for a little more. Also included are Brahms' original version of the Andante of the First Symphony and the alternate opening of the Fourth. But no one should invest in a set solely on the basis of these extras, however unusual they may be. Since first recording the cycle with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he offered a rather heavy-handed modern take on the symphonies, Chailly has gone back to an older, more historically informed style of playing Brahms that was familiar to conductors of the early 20th century. The music is lighter and more transparent, so in some ways, his recordings are sometimes reminiscent of classic performances by Bruno Walter, George Szell, and other revered conductors. For traditionalists, this is a fine set to own, especially if a fresh digital recording is needed.
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Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegro
00:15:26

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Andante sostenuto
00:08:21

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
00:04:24

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegro
00:15:40

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (Johannes Brahms)

5
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
00:11:43

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
II. Andante
00:08:16

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
III. Poco allegretto
00:06:06

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
IV. Allegro
00:08:15

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

DISC 2

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Allegro non troppo
00:17:48

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
00:08:26

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Allegretto grazioso. Quasi andantino - Presto ma non assai
00:05:06

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Allegro con spirito
00:08:52

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (Johannes Brahms)

5
I. Allegro non troppo
00:11:56

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
II. Andante moderato
00:10:42

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
00:05:54

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro
00:09:23

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

9
I. Alternative Opening
00:00:46

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

DISC 3

Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (Johannes Brahms)

1
Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
00:12:45

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7 Piano Pieces, Op. 116 (Johannes Brahms)

2
No. 4, Intermezzo in E Major (Arr. Paul Klengel)
00:04:41

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul Klengel, Arranger, Work Arranger - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Intermezzi, Op. 117 (Johannes Brahms)

3
No. 1, Intermezzo in E-Flat Major (Arr. Paul Klengel)
00:04:49

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul Klengel, Arranger, Work Arranger - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a (Johannes Brahms)

4
Theme. Chorale St. Antoni
00:01:54

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

5
Var. I. Poco più animato
00:01:13

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
Var. II. Più vivace
00:00:53

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Var. III. Con moto
00:01:39

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
Var. IV. Andante con moto
00:01:55

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

9
Var. V. Vivace
00:00:50

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
Var. VI. Vivace
00:01:04

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Var. VII. Grazioso
00:02:30

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Var. VIII. Presto non troppo
00:00:59

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
Finale. Andante
00:03:45

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 (Johannes Brahms)

14
No. 1 (Orchestral Version)
00:01:11

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

15
No. 2 (Orchestral Version)
00:00:43

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

16
No. 4 (Orchestral Version)
00:00:42

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

17
No. 6 (Orchestral Version)
00:02:40

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

18
No. 5 (Orchestral Version)
00:01:42

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Liebeslieder-Waltzer, Op. 65 (Johannes Brahms)

19
No. 9 (Orchestral Version)
00:01:25

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 (Johannes Brahms)

20
No. 11 (Orchestral Version)
00:00:52

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

21
No. 8 (Orchestral Version)
00:01:26

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

22
No. 9 (Orchestral Version)
00:02:14

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (Johannes Brahms)

23
I. Andante (Original First Performance Version)
00:08:22

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (Johannes Brahms)

24
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
00:09:23

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Hungarian Dance No.1 In C Minor (Johannes Brahms)

25
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1 in C Minor
00:02:53

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Hungarian Dance No.3 in F (Johannes Brahms)

26
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F Major
00:02:09

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Hungarian Dance No.10 in F (Johannes Brahms)

27
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F Major
00:01:53

John Fraser, Producer, Recording Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Boehm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henrik Eibisch, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

For most listeners' purposes, Riccardo Chailly's set of Johannes Brahms' four symphonies will seem standard-issue, with respectable and uncontroversial interpretations from an esteemed conductor, and rich and resonant performances by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Even in the choice of filler pieces, the set includes the three orchestral works that are usually packaged with the symphonies: the Tragic Overture, the Haydn Variations, and the Academic Festival Overture. However, this set offers welcome suprises and extra value for the purchase. Two orchestral arrangements of the Interludes, Opp. 116 and 117 for piano, are included, along with instrumental versions of a handful of Liebeslieder Waltzes and three of the orchestrated Hungarian Dances, which may be incentives to listeners who are looking for a little more. Also included are Brahms' original version of the Andante of the First Symphony and the alternate opening of the Fourth. But no one should invest in a set solely on the basis of these extras, however unusual they may be. Since first recording the cycle with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he offered a rather heavy-handed modern take on the symphonies, Chailly has gone back to an older, more historically informed style of playing Brahms that was familiar to conductors of the early 20th century. The music is lighter and more transparent, so in some ways, his recordings are sometimes reminiscent of classic performances by Bruno Walter, George Szell, and other revered conductors. For traditionalists, this is a fine set to own, especially if a fresh digital recording is needed.
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