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Arturo Toscanini – All Brahms – 1935/36

Arturo Toscanini – All Brahms – 1935/36

Item No. GHCD 2337/38

Price GBP 9.20 / USD

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Medium: 2 CD 
Release Date: 31.01.2008

This new double-album of historic broadcasts by the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York conducted by Arturo Toscanini is of the greatest importance to collectors of great conducting the world over. It is devoted entirely to the music of Brahms – a composer whose work was central to Toscanini’s repertoire throughout his career – and includes the only available versions in the best possible modern sound of major works by Brahms which he never recorded commercially, and in only one or two instances, hardly ever at all.
Principal amongst these is the first disc containing Brahms’s two Serenades for Orchestra, Opus 11 and Opus 16, which the Maestro never recorded commercially. This makes a CD played for over 78 minutes – wonderful value – and the second CD contains very rare performances of the Academic Festival Overture and the Second Piano Concerto with Robert Casadesus as soloist. The Maestro again never recorded the Overture commercially and the Concerto just once, but never with NYPO. As an intriguing bonus, the CD is completed by four of Brahms’s part-songs, three from his Opus 17 set and one an arrangement by Brahms of a famous song by Schubert. Toscanini again never recorded these works commercially. An astonishingly rare and valuable set.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
1/01 Announcer 0:09
1/02 Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 - I. Allegro molto Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 9:02
1/03 Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 - II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 7:33
1/04 Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 - III. Adagio non troppo Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 11:47
1/05 Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 - IV. Menuetto I and II Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 5:16
1/06 Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 - V. Scherzo: Allegro Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 2:34
1/07 Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 - VI. Rondo: Allegro Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 5:47
1/08 Serenade No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 16 - I. Allegro moderato Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 8:56
1/09 Serenade No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 16 - II. Scherzo: Vivace Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 2:05
1/10 Serenade No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 16 - III. Adagio non troppo Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 9:24
1/11 Serenade No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 16 - IV. Quasi Menuetto Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 5:36
1/12 Serenade No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 16 - V. Rondo: Allegro Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 6:31
2/01 Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor 10:30
2/02 Announcer 0:12
2/03 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 - I. Allegro non troppo Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano 15:29
2/04 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 - II. Allegro appassionato Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano 8:06
2/05 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 - III. Andante Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano 10:40
2/06 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 - IV. Allegretto grazioso Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano 8:40
2/07 Four Part Songs - Gesang aus Fingal (Song from Ossian’s Fingal): Wein’ an dem Felsen der brausenden Winde (Weep on the rocks of the stormy sea-breezes) (Op. 17, No. 4) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano, New York Ladies’ Choir 6:25
2/08 Four Part Songs - Der Gärtner (Gardener) (Eichendorff): Wohin ich geh’ (Where e’er I go) (Op. 17, No. 3) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano, New York Ladies’ Choir 2:33
2/09 Four Part Songs - Lied von Shakespeare (Song from Shakespeare – ‘Twelfth Night’: Come away, come away, death) (Op. 17 No. 2) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano, New York Ladies’ Choir 3:05
2/10 Four Part Songs - Schubert arr. Brahms: Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd – Ellen’s second song (The Lady of the Lake) D.838 – sung in English (Sir Walter Scott) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini – Conductor, Robert Casadesus – Piano, New York Ladies’ Choir 2:47
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