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Johannes Brahms: Sextet No. 1 / Piano Trio No. 1

Myra Hess , Johannes Brahms , Isaac Stern , Pablo Casals Audio CD
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listen  4. Sextet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18: IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e graziosoPablo Casals11:09$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8: I. Allegro con brioPablo Casals16:01$2.97  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Performer: Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (February 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029LE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've owned three copies of this recording of the first Brahms string sextet, the first two on LPs that I wore out from playing so often. When I saw, by chance, that it had been reissued, along with the first Brahms piano trio, on CD, my heart skipped a beat. Let me explain:
The Op. 18 Sextet was my first Brahms chamber music; I bought it in the 1950s when I was a teenager just beginning to collect LPs. A fellow student recommended this recording and when I got it I immediately fell in love--with both the piece and the performance. It didn't take me long to wear it out. I bought a second copy in the early 1960s. I probably was last able to listen to it in the late 1970s; by then playing it sounded like a a family of mice were sandpapering the inside of my speakers.
I've since owned performances of the Sextets by at least four groups--Les Musiciens; a group of Italian string players led by violinist Giuliano Carmignola; The Raphael Ensemble; and a group of Boston Symphony players (my favorite besides this one). But I was 'imprinted' on this performance. Hearing it again, I understand why. For one thing, this Prades Festival group plays it more slowly and with greater warmth; still the Scherzo and the Rondo manage to sound, as Nicolas Slonimsky once said, euphoniously euphorious. The high point, though, as always, is that dazzling set of variations on one of Brahms's most gorgeous tunes, the second movement Andante. As I was listening to it again after all these years, when they got to the cello solo variation, about two minutes from the end of the movement, I found I was suddenly in tears: Casals' ability to sing that tune in a whisper still has that effect on me. Indeed, I defy anyone to hear that passage and remained unmoved.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A transcendent Brahms sextet June 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have never heard a performance of this sextet that projects the warmth, humanity and glowing intensity of this one, now in clean mono sound. Get this (and in addition, Casals and company's likewise wonderful account of the great Schubert string quintet, also on Sony) and be deeply moved by their truly special way of music making.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Passionate performance January 27, 2007
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I have collected several CD performances of the Brahms Sextet #1 and this one is the most passionate, especially in the second movement when Pablo Casals's warm and deep cello leads everyone on. Working very well together the musicians reveal many of the sublime Germanic feelings in the piece not heard elsewhere.

The group picks up the lyrical notes and runs with them right to the finish.

Truly a masterpiece and my favorite version of those available right now.
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