John Axelrod / Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Brahms Beloved: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 / Clara
- Type CD
- Label Telarc
- UPC 0888072346598
- Catalog number TEL 34659
- Release date 26 September 2014
About the album
The second and final volume of “Brahms Beloved”, in which conductor John Axelrod pairs the Brahms symphonies (in this set, the First and the Third) with songs by his muse, Clara Schumann, will be released by Telarc on July 22, 2014.
Volume 1 inspired healthy debate among Brahmsians as to how deeply enmeshed the presence of Clara is in the songs of the man who always had a love for her, and this volume takes the discussion further with a fascinating booklet essay by Jan Swafford, author of the standard-‐reference Brahms biography.
Keeping with the idea of using different voice-‐types for each ‘set’ of Clara’s songs, the better to explore the notion of different sides of their composer’s character, this volume introduces our two final “Claras,” the great Lieder singers Dame Felicity Lott and, or the more masculine side of Clara, Wolfgang Holzmair. The orchestra is again the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, of which John Axelrod is Principal Conductor, and Axelrod once more does double- duty as conductor and pianist.
In his forthcoming review of this album, music critic and Brahms specialist Jerry Dubins is as enthusiastic about this issue as he was about its predecessor. “Axelrod has already proven himself a master of Brahms with his previous release...Here, from the very first downbeat, one senses the shaping of a performance by a master builder. Nor
does the performance lack for sheer beauty of playing by the Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra – listen to the sinuous violin lines...the sylvan woodwind exchanges...the blazing brass in the grand finale[of the First]...Addto this Michael Fine’s and Wolf-‐Dieter Karwatky’s magnificent recorded sound...and you have a pair of Brahms symphonies for the ages."
11Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
12Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 II. Andante sostenuto
13Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
14Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 IV. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
16Sie leibten sich beide
17Warum willst du and're fragen
19Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage
21Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 I. Allegro con brio
22Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 II. Andante
23Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 III. Poco allegretto
24Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 IV. Allegro
26Sie leibten sich beide
28Ich hab' in deinem Auge