Symphonies Nos 1-4
Gewandhaus Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 478 5344 (3 discs)
With the Gewandhaus and Chailly on magnificent form, this recording adds orchestral rarities to a top-notch Symphony cycle.
Ein deutsches Requiem
Dorothea Röschmann, Thomas Quasthoff; Berlin Philharmonic, Rundfunkchor Berlin/Simon Rattle
Warner 365 3932
A superb live performance that captures the human spirit at the heart of the German Requiem.
Four Serious Songs plus other Lieder
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Jörg Demus (piano)
Australian Eloquence 480 3527
A masterly anthology of Brahms’s often neglected Lieder, including the Four Serious Songs, written in the last year of his life.
Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Intermezzos, Op. 117 etc.
Radu Lupu (piano)
Decca 417 5992
An exquisite selection of some of the composer’s most beautiful, autumnal piano music, played by a superlative Brahmsian.
String Quartets Nos 1-3; Piano Quintet in F minor
Emerson String Quartet; Leon Fleischer (piano)
DG 477 6458
The Emersons bring intelligence and passion to Brahms’s three Quartets. Leon Fleischer joins for a coruscating Piano Quintet.
Anthony Marwood (violin), Aleksander Madzar (piano)
Wigmore Hall Live WHLive0050
Warm and lyrical live performances add up to one of the best modern recordings of the Sonatas.