Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Haydn Variations, Overtures, Nänie, Alto Rhapsody, Ein Deutsches Requiem
Ernest Ansermet
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4800448
Barcode
00028948004485
Format
4-CD
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
CD 1
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

CD 2
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
Tragic Overture, Op. 81

CD 3
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Nänie, Op. 82
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
Helen Watts, contralto

CD 4
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Agnes Giebel, soprano
Hermann Prey, baritone

Choeur de la Radio Suisse Romande
Choeur Pro Arte de Lausanne

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

Recording information

Recording producers: Michael Bremner (Symphonies, Haydn Variations, Overtures); John Mordler (Nänie, Alto Rhapsody, German Requiem)
Recording engineers: Roy Wallace (Symphonies, Haydn Variations, Overtures); James Lock (Nänie, Alto Rhapsody, German Requiem)
Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, February 1963 (Symphonies, Haydn Variations, Overtures), October 1965 (Rhapsody), June 1966 (Nänie, German Requiem)

Reviews

‘the excitement is in hearing these great works presented with honesty’ Classical Source.com

‘the conducting is energetic, rhythmically taut and accurate … and scrupulous without ever descending into fussiness’ Fanfare

‘Ansermet’s Brahms has a real sense of perspective … the Fourth parades a mighty profile … the Tragic Overture receives one of its finest performances’ Gramophone