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Brahms: The Symphonies

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

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Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68  
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1. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegro
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
15:27
2
2. Andante sostenuto
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
8:22
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3. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
4:25
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4. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegro
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
15:40
Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90  
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1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
11:44
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2. Andante
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
8:17
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3. Poco allegretto
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
6:06
8
4. Allegro
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
8:15
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73  
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1. Allegro non troppo
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
17:49
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2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
8:26
3
3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
5:06
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4. Allegro con spirito
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
8:52
Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98  
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1. Allegro non troppo
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
11:57
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2. Andante moderato
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
10:43
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3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
5:55
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4. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
9:24
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1. Alternative opening
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
0:47
1
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
12:46
Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - Arr. Paul Klengel  
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No.4 - Intermezzo in E major
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
4:41
Intermezzi, Op.117 - Arr. Paul Klengel  
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No.1 - Intermezzo in E flat major
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
4:49
Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a  
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Theme: "Chorale St. Antoni"
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:54
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Variation I: Poco più animato
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:14
6
Variation II: Più vivace
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
0:54
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Variation III: Con moto
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:39
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Variation IV: Andante con moto
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:55
9
Variation V: Vivace
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
0:51
10
Variation VI: Vivace
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:05
11
Variation VII: Grazioso
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
2:31
12
Variation VIII: Presto non troppo
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
0:59
13
Finale: Andante
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
3:45
Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version  
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No.1
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:12
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No.2
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
0:44
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No.4
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
0:43
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No.6
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
2:40
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No.5
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:42
Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer, Op.65 - Orchestral Version  
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No.9
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:25
Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version  
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No.11
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
0:52
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No.8
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:26
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No.9
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
2:15
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - Original First Performance Version  
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1. Andante
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
8:23
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Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
9:24
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Hungarian Dance No.1 In C Minor
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
2:53
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Hungarian Dance No.3 In F
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
2:09
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Hungarian Dance No.10 In F
Johannes Brahms; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Riccardo Chailly
1:54
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    3:54:00
"Record of the Year ... epitomizes classical music’s way of reinventing itself and staying relevant to every generation."
- Gramophone

"Five Stars. These are very straightforward but also dynamic and dramatic readings, faithful to Brahms's intentions ... powerfully conceived, they are rhythmically alert ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Chailly's approach is radically rethought, reexamining the scores and the recorded interpretations of an earlier generation of conductors to bring a fresh, new and dramatic reading."
- Classic FM

"With its proud status as Europe’s oldest symphony orchestra, Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester continues to renew its stellar reputation. Besides its lineup of top-flight principal players, the orchestra’s collective style, at once crystal clear and mellow-toned, is as ideally suited to Brahms’s tight-reined, yet also warmly Romantic idiom as you can get. Riccardo Chailly’s approach to the music is both empathetic and fresh."
- Sinfini Music

Following his 2011 landmark Beethoven cycle, Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly returns with this release, named the 2014 record of the year by Gramophone, its top honour. The triple-disc set includes the complete Brahms symphonies, orchestral works, overtures and Haydn Variations. This comprehensive overview includes several rarities, among them world premieres of two piano intermezzos orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus's principal cellist Julius Klengel), the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony. Chailly reverts to the recorded interpretations of a generation of conductors alive during Brahms's lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner as well as his predecessor Bruno Walter.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Executive Producer: Dominic Fyfe
Recording Producer: John Fraser
Recording Engineer: Philip Siney
Assistant Engineers: Eike Boehm; Henrik Eibisch
Recording Editor: Julia Thomas
Production Co-ordinators: Joanne Baines; Sarah Mitchell
Recording Location: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, 3–5 May 2012 (No.3; Academic Festival Overture), 11 & 12 October 2012 (No.1), 16 & 20 October 2012 (No.1 original Andante), 18 & 19 October 2012 (No.2; Hungarian Dances), 8 & 9 March, 9 & 10 May 2013 (No.4; Haydn Variations; Tragic Overture; Liebeslieder-Walzer; Intermezzi; alternative opening No.4)
This recording was monitored on B & W Loudspeakers
Score for the original first performance version of Symphony No.1 Andante provided by Robert Pascall
Introductory Note & Translations
© 2013 Decca Music Group Limited
All Artist Photos: Gert Mothes
Booklet Editing & Art Direction: WLP Ltd

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