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The Best of Brahms ()

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composed by Johannes Brahms

Although it has one glaring flaw, The Best of Brahms from Naxos is otherwise a superb effort, beating the competition in several ways. Unlike the other labels' greatest-hits packages, these recordings are all digital and have an excellent sound quality that is well-balanced from track to track. Additionally, the music is played straight, with no sweetened arrangements or popularizations à la André Kostelanetz to raise questions of authenticity. The performers are exceptional, particularly the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra ...

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  1. Academic Festival Overture (Akademische Festouvertüre), for orchestra in C minor, Op. 80
  2. Intermezzo for piano in E flat major, Op. 117/1: Andante moderato
  3. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: Hungarian Dance No. 1
  4. String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18: Andante ma moderato
  5. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
  6. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: Adagio
  7. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: Hungarian Dance No. 5
  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: Allegro non troppo (excerpt)
  9. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
  10. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: Allegro energico e passionato
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