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Michael Gielen Edition 3
Recordings 1989-2005
5 CD | 5h 19min | Nr. SWR19022CD
CD 1: » Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture d minor op. 81
» Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 c minor op. 68
CD 2: » Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 D major op. 73
» Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn op. 56a
CD 3: » Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 F major op. 90
» Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 e minor op. 98
CD 4: » Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 d minor op. 15 for Piano and Orchestra
» Johannes Brahms: Song of Fate op. 54 for Orchestra and mixed choir
CD 5: » Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto a minor op. 102 for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra
» Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 g minor op. 25

This is the third instalment of our critically acclaimed Michael Gielen Edition, which gives a comprehensive account of the conductor's extensive accomplishments for the first time on CD. Vol. 3 contains two Brahms recordings that are being released for the first time: the First Piano Concerto and Schicksalslied. The two concertos feature three soloists of international standing - Gerhard Oppitz, Mark Kaplan and David Geringas.

This third volume of our Michael Gielen Edition is devoted to music by Johannes Brahms, with all the recordings taken from the archives of the Southwest German Radio (SWR). The recordings were made between April 1989 and January 2005 in the Hans-Rosbaud Studio Baden-Baden. The programme comprises Brahms’ four symphonies, the First Piano Concerto, the Double Concerto for violin and cello, the Haydn Variations and the Tragic Overture.

Michael Gielen enjoyed a felicitous involvement with Brahms' chamber music, particularly the late piano works where, in Schoenberg's words, the 'progressive Brahms' is most evident. Maybe that’s why Brahms’ first piano quartet, orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg, sounds so ravishingly sharp under Gielen’s direction.

The three distinguished soloists in the two concertos are Gerhard Oppitz, Mark Kaplan and David Geringas. The solemnity of Schicksalslied calls for sincere commitment on the part of the conductor. Working as one, the Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg and Michael Gielen achieve an interpretation of this work that is both balanced and comforting.