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BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / 18 Liebeslieder Waltzes (excerpts) / Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 and 10 (Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Dausgaard)

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release date: February 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Dausgaard, Thomas

Thomas Dausgaard



Orebro Concert Hall, Sweden

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 63:04
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BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / 18 Liebeslieder Waltzes (excerpts) / Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 and 10 (Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Dausgaard)

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Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

1 I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro 15:04
2 II. Andante sostenuto 8:41
3 III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso 4:34
4 IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio 16:13

18 Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 (version for orchestra) (arr. W. Weismann)

5 No. 1. Rede, Madchen 1:05


6 No. 2. Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut 0:42


7 No. 4. Wie des Abends schone Rote 0:43
8 No. 6. Ein kleiner, hubscher Vogel 2:31
9 No. 5. Die grune Hopfenranke 1:26



15 Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65 (version for orchestra) (arr. W. Weismann)



11 No. 11. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen 0:52
12 No. 8. Wenn so lind dein Auge 1:23


13 No. 9. Am Donaustrande 1:42



21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra)

14 Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor (orch. J. Brahms) 3:07
15 Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major (orch. J. Brahms) 2:08
16 Hungarian Dance No. 10 in E major (orch. J. Brahms) 1:42
 Thomas Dausgaard Conductor
 Dausgaard, Thomas

A weighty symphony, swaying Viennese waltzes and fiery Hungarian dances make up the colourful programme when Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra engage with Johannes Brahms in Opening Doors, the team’s acclaimed series of Romantic orchestral composers. Johannes Brahms was only twenty years old when Robert Schumann hailed him as one whose genius gave rise to the greatest symphonic hopes. It is therefore striking that he didn’t complete his First Symphony until more than twenty years later, in 1876 – even though the earliest sketches for it date back to 1855. Brahms – who once said that he constantly heard the ‘giant’ Beethoven ‘marching behind him’ – had such a deep respect for what his great predecessor had achieved with the genre that he for a long time doubted that he would ever be able to write a symphony of his own – by the time he did, it must have been gratifying to him that it was hailed as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’. While working on the symphony, Brahms composed his Op.52, the cycle Liebeslieder-Walzer ‘for piano four-hands (and song ad libitum)’. He kept the forces as flexible as possible: the waltzes were performable with or without voices; if used, the vocal parts could be sung either by soloists or by a choir. Even so, he was soon asked for another version, for choir and orchestra. Brahms initially rejected this idea, but finally agreed to make a partial orchestration: selecting eight of the Op.52 waltzes, he supplemented them with an early version of one of the not yet published Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.65. Around the same time, he was asked to orchestrate another collection of dances composed for piano four-hands: his first set of Hungarian Dances, which had quickly become a great hit. It took him four years to comply with this wish, and even then he only accepted to orchestrate three of the dances, leaving the field open for various other arrangers (including Dvorák) to satisfy the demand for more.

 " ... very strongly recommended for one of the best brahms Firsts out of several to come my way in recent months."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - July/August 2013

 "It was only a matter of time before Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra included Brahms as part of their worthwhile Opening Doors series. That series already features one of the finest recent Schumann symphony cycles, and this disc centres on Brahm’s First Symphony in an account to make one hope a complete traversal is in the offing... "

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - June 2013

                     Performance ****         Recording *****

"...stunningly recorded performance of the First Symphony in which Thomas Dausgaard secures superbly incisive playing from the Swedish Chamber Orchestra ..."

Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - June 2013

                    Music  ***** (Excellent)           Sound ***** (Excellent)

Andreas Friesenhagen - Fono Forum magazine - May 2013

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