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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 / Haydn Variations

Johannes Brahms , Carlo Maria Giulini , Vienna Phiharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo ICarlo Maria Giulini15:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 2. AndanteCarlo Maria Giulini 9:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 3. Poco allegrettoCarlo Maria Giulini 7:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 4. AllegroCarlo Maria Giulini 8:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Theme: "Chorale St. Antoni"Carlo Maria Giulini 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation I: Poco più animatoCarlo Maria Giulini 1:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation II: Più vivaceCarlo Maria Giulini 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation III: Con motoCarlo Maria Giulini 1:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation IV: Andante con motoCarlo Maria Giulini 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation V: VivaceCarlo Maria Giulini 1:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VI: VivaceCarlo Maria Giulini 1:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VII: GraziosoCarlo Maria Giulini 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VIII: Presto Non TroppoCarlo Maria Giulini 1:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Finale: AndanteCarlo Maria Giulini 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 



Product Details

  • Orchestra: Vienna Phiharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (June 16, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000E4RK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It Quickly! March 6, 2011
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I know lots of good Brahms conductors from the last century (20th), but few as eloquent, sensitive, and sonorous as the performances of Carlo Maria Giulini. With whatever orchestra! But this performance is a hit recording.

It comes from an era when Giulini had been personally attending to his stricken (stroke with declining health) wife, Marcella, and in the process had lost much of his personal energy and had aged quite a bit. However, not too tired or too aged for the great Vienna Philharmonic. And his vision and love for Brahms had never vanished. Here we have a wonderful opportunity to see what his renewed energy for doing the symphony cycle live with his beloved Vienna and retaining a living vision for the great third symphony enables. A great and memorable performance.

The whole cycle is wonderful and, as was much of Bruno Walter's late recordings for Columbia, his legacy's last and final recorded statement of those symphonies. Darcy's review says it well. Hurry out and get this performance single or as a part of the cycle on DG. You can see my review of the 4th Symphony performance in this series if you wish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Giulini's late career slowed down to the point that critics became divided. was this profundity or an old man's flagging energy? In this live Brahms Third released in 1992, when the conductor turned 78, both sides have a right to their claims. The first movement is grandly structured and full of swelling romanticism in its phrasing, but the tempo is also vigorous. Then come the two inner movements, of which the first is precariously slow (at 9:32, about two minutes slower than Karajan form the Seventies). There are moments that languish rhythmically, and I felt that the Vienna Phil. was holding the line together by sheer force of their experience and gorgeous sound. The third movement is marked poco Allegretto, and Giulini isn't heavy with it, but he's too deliberate, to the point of maundering. So the lead review, nice as it is, becomes a bit misleading to characterize this Brahms Third as an exception to Giulini's late style.

the finale begins quick enough, but I do't hear as much mystery and anticipation as I'd like. Granted, I would much rather hear Giulini round the phrases and mold them with a bit of flexibility as opposed to the straight-ahead frog march of Szell and Toscanini. The burst of fortissimo that ushers in the main theme could be more explosive, but certainly not more resplendent. It's interesting that DG has kept Bernstei's Brahms cycle in the catalog and sidelined Giulini's (I only found his Third at a download site). Both are seasoned, mature accounts with the Vienna Phil. in top form. I also admire both conductors equally in Brahms when they are at their best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine performance August 14, 2012
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This recording is taken from live performances in Vienna in 1990, and on my equipment the sound isn't ideal -- the upper strings particularly sound a bit "whistly." A couple of years earlier, Abbado made a studio recording of this symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic, also for DG, and the sound seems better to me. Even the sound on Haitink's old (1970) Concertgebouw recording sounds sweeter, though that analog recording has a bit less presence. All that said, though, this performance has some very good qualities. I find the opening allegro con brio a bit lacking in brio, but the subsequent movements go well. The andante is warm, and the allegretto third movement is, for me, the highlight of the performance -- taken a mite slower than Abbado's, and catching the undertow of melancholy very feelingly. The brass and woodwind are very well caught by the recording in this movement. The final movement has plenty of drive, though again the sound disappoints a bit. All in all, I like the Abbado recording a bit better -- his recording catches the misterioso quality of the quiet ending in sweeter sound -- but Guilini's performance is estimable and worth the price for that third movement alone.
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