Variations on a Theme of Haydn in B flat & Symphony No. 1 in C minor (2007)

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Marek Janowski

There is no doubt about it, great things were expected of Johannes Brahms, as is clear in these sentences penned by Robert Schumann in 1855. Schumann had already showered him with praise in his article “Neue Bahnen”, and now expected Brahms to finally alter course in the direction of the larger-sized works, such as the symphony: it was essential for the young composer to once and for all outdo the “giant” Beethoven in this field. Brahms was under double pressure: on the one hand, his circle of friends led by Schumann, as well as the music world, were anxiously awaiting his first symphony; on the other, he was struggling with himself and with his relentless self-criticism. Was he truly already up to the challenge?

 

 

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

For more than 115 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The PSO, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck assumed the position of Music Director with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Heading the list of internationally recognized conductors to have led the PSO is Victor Herbert, Music Director between 1898 and 1904, who influenced the early development of the PSO. Preceding Herbert was Frederic Archer (1896-1899), the first Pittsburgh Orchestra Conductor. The Orchestra’s solidification as an American institution took place in the late 1930s under the direction of Maestro Otto Klemperer. Conductors prior to Klemperer were Emil Paur (1904-1910), Elias Breeskin (1926-1930) and Antonio Modarelli (1930-1937). From 1938 to 1948, under the dynamic directorship of Fritz Reiner, the Orchestra embarked on a new phase of its history, making its first international tour and its first commercial recording. The PSO’s standard of excellence was maintained and enhanced through the inspired leadership of William Steinberg during his quarter-century as Music Director between 1952 and 1976. André Previn (1976-1984) led the Orchestra to new heights through tours, recordings and television, including the PBS series, Previn and the Pittsburgh. Lorin Maazel began his relationship with the PSO in 1984 as Music Consultant but later served as a highly regarded Music Director from 1988-1996. As Music Director from 1997-2004, Mariss Jansons furthered the artistic growth of the orchestra, and upon his departure, the PSO created an innovative leadership model with Artistic Advisor Sir Andrew Davis, Principal Guest Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and Endowed Guest Conductor Chair Marek Janowski. These three conductors formed the primary artistic leadership for the Orchestra until January 2007, when the PSO selected Honeck to take the reins at the start of the 2008-2009 season. In February 2012, Honeck agreed to extend his contract with the PSO through the 2019-2020 season.

Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski has been artistic director of the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin (= RSB, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) since 2002. Under his directorship between 1984 and 2000, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France rose to become the leading orchestra in France. During a number of years, he also put his personal stamp on the Gu?rzenich Orchester Köln (1986-1990), the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000-2005), and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (2005-2012).

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Variations on a Theme of Haydn in B flat & Symphony No. 1 in C minor (2007)

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter, Bill McKinney, Ray Clover
Recording location: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh
Recording Software: Merging
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Chorale: St. Antoni - Andante
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 1 - Poco piu animato
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 2 - Piu vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 3 - Con moto
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 4 - Andante con moto
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 5 - Vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 6 - Vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 7 - Grazioso
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Var. 8 - Presto non troppo
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 - Finale - Andante
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Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
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Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Andante sostenuto
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Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Un poco allegretto e grazioso
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Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Adagio - Piu Andante
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