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Brahms
Serenade No.1 in D, Op.11
Serenade No.2 in A, Op.16
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Kurt Masur

Recorded in 1980 & 1981 in Leipzig, Serenade No.2 in Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche

[Released on CD for the first time]
CD No: PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 442 8298
Duration: 77 minutes
Reviewed: August 2007
These are performances of depth and charm. Masur characterises each movement in the First Serenade with obvious affection, the weight of the substantial Adagio nicely offset by a feather-light touch in the following Minuet. Less emphasis is placed on the Adagio of the Second Serenade so as not to upset the more delicate atmosphere in part created by wind-heavy scoring.

 

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