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Following their “revelatory”* Beethoven cycle, Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester present the complete Brahms symphonies, similarly full of fresh insight and renewal. This 3-CD set includes world-premiere recordings of two piano intermezzi (orch. Klengel) as well as the overtures, Haydn Variations, the original first-performance version of Symphony No.1’s Andante and the rarely heard revised opening of Symphony No.4. This is music at the heart of both the orchestra and conductor’s repertoire. *The Independent
The Leipzig Brahms Cycle under the baton of Gewandhauskapellmeister Riccardo Chailly in 2013 will emphasise both the sensuous and the progressive in Brahms' symphonic music in equal measure. The Gewandhaus Orchestra will be joined by the celebrated soloists, Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Enrico Dindo (violoncello), Arcadi Volodos and Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano).
Brahms appeared in Leipzig on a total of sixteen occasions as conductor and pianist, entrusting the Gewandhaus Orchestra with the first performance of four of his most important works - more than the orchestra of any other city, apart from Vienna. Brahms himself conducted the Leipzig premieres of the first, second and third symphonies, the Academic Festival Overture and the Tragic Overture, shortly after their respective world premieres, as well as performing the solo part at the first Leipzig performances of his two piano concertos.