|All Artists: Johannes Brahms, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Colin Davis, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Guarneri Quartet, Marilyn Horne, London Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gerhard Oppitz, Emanuel Ax, Stephen Hough, Claude Frank, Richard Goode, Martin Katz|
Title: Brahms for Relaxation
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Release Date: 10/10/2000
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Concertos, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Instruments, Reeds & Winds, Strings, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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Well produced Bargain!
Brahms Scholar | Los Angeles | 12/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first noticed this bright red CD in the record store, the image struck me at first as rather odd looking. At the time I didn't know exactly what I was responding to; but thinking back now about what it was that I noticed, I would have to say that it was the name "Brahms" in hot white neon letters with the word relaxation directly under it. This had seemed like a contradiction in terms to me; so I passed up buying this CD on several occasions; thinking that it may not have been very well produced.
In addition to that, I had already bought "Brahms for Book Lovers" and felt completely satisfied with the purchase, I saw no reason to have another "relaxation" CD dedicated to Brahms music. What changed my mind was noticing that with the exception of the Poco allegretto from the String Quartet in C minor, the pieces on this collection do not overlap with the "Brahms for Book Lovers" collection. I then purchased it with the hope of having it be a companion to the "Book Lovers" CD that I already owned.
As it turns out, this actually is a wonderful collection of Brahms music. It fulfills the idea of "Relaxation" quite well. The recordings and the playing are top notch. The C minor Quartet on track 10 sounds slightly strained in comparison to the one performed on the "Book Lovers" compilation; but this is only a minor point. Sir Colin Davis conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony in a broad flowing Variation VII of the Haydn Variations Op. 56a. I have never heard this variation played so expansively. Gerhard Oppitz performs a sensitive interpretation of the B Minor Intermezzo that is clear and resonant. There is a lyrical beauty that pervades the Andante from the C Minor quartet; which is played so lovingly by the Boston Chamber players. I could go on but I think you get the idea.
If you already have the "Book Lovers" CD then get this as a companion to it. If you have neither then you are in for a real treat. This is a well-produced bargain CD that every Brahms lover should own. Also, If you are looking for a general introduction to Brahms, this would be a great way to start--wonderful music!