Brahms: Serenades - Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
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  1. Serenade for orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
  2. Serenade for orchestra No. 2 in A major, Op. 16
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Recordings of Brahms' two serenades from the late 1850s are sparse compared with those of the symphonies, perhaps because they're sometimes depicted as preparatory exercises for the mighty four. But they're really not that; they're light works that stand on their own, imbued with the spirit of Classicism, especially that of Haydn, and anyone who loves Brahms knows that his light works are no less profound than his weighty ones. The Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11, is in six movements; the Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 ...

Brahms: Serenades 2015, Decca

UPC: 028947867753

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