Brahms

Olga Samaroff & Frank La Forge (piano): The Complete Recordings (APR)

Highly enjoyable playing by two pioneers of American pianism [RCh]

Belle époque – clarinet & orchestra recital (Pentatone)

Exceptionally fine playing and recording compromised by unbalanced programme and poor documentation [NB]

Brahms: Violin Sonata No 1-3 (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Versions to return to on a regular basis [CC]

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Vienna, Theme & Variations (Zip Records)

Piano quatre mains at its best [DC]

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Beethoven & Brahms: Symphonies (RCO Live)

One of the finest orchestral discs to have come my way for a very long time [JQ]

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Brahms by Arrangement, Volume 2 (Toccata Classics)

Skilful, sympathetic orchestrations which are definitely worth hearing, especially by those who love the music of Brahms [JQ]

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Brahms: Violin Concerto (Forgotten Records)

Performances  of elegance and charm [SG]

Rose in Bloom – recital (Orchid Classics)

An imaginative programme, stunningly performed [NB]

Radu Lupu (piano): Live Vol. 1 (Doremi)

Some welcome additions to the pianist’s discography [SG]

Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Tudor)

(Déjà Review) Beautifully played orthodox performances of a cultivated homogeneity [MG]

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Brahms: String Quartets, Piano Quintet (Deutsche Grammophon)

Any release from the Emersons is worthy of attention and this set is no exception [MC]

475 Jahre Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Profil)

Many first-class performances to celebrate the 475th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Dresden [MC]

Brahms: Viola Sonatas (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Very fine performances of these late works [MC]

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Erica Morini (violin) The Complete Victor Recordings (Pristine Audio)

Youthful Erica Morini’s earliest recordings from New Jersey show her scintillating in morceaux [JW]

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Nicola Benedetti (violin) Szymanowski, Saint-Saëns & Chausson (Deutsche Grammophon)

Quite a debut – a truly excellent Szymanowski [CC]

Joseph Szigeti (violin): Complete AFRS Recordings and Live Performances (Biddulph)

An attractive programme of rare items from Szigeti’s discography [JW]

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Brahms: German Folk Songs (Apex)

Lovers of this music need both Genz and Schwarzkopf/Fischer-Dieskau [GF]

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Wilhelm Kempff (piano) Live Concert Edition (Meloclassic)

Indispensable for Kempff fans [SG]

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Dvořák & Brahms: Concertos (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Packed with drama and tunefulness and with virtuosity to burn [KS]

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Brahms, Strauss, Reger & Rihm: Hölderlin-inspired works (Sony Classical)

A fascinating compilation of Hölderlin-inspired pieces [JQ]

Brahms: Violin Concerto, Clarinet Quintet (Music & Arts)

(Déjà Review) Lyrical intensity, seamless affection [JW]

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Brahms: Orchestral & Vocal Works (IBS Classical)

Fine Brahms choral music from an unexpected source [WH]

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Schumann & Brahms: Chamber Music (Naxos Historical)

(Déjà Review) A real feeling here of spontaneity and depth of expression [TH]

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Brahms: Sextets No 1 & No 2 (EMI Classics)

(Déjà Review) The quite wonderful playing of No 1, in particular, makes this an essential disc [CH]