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      September 29, 2013

      Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 73: I, Allegro non troppo (19:58)
      Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra / John Axelrod

      C Schumann: Liebst Du um Schönheit (2:37); Liebeszauber (2:24)
      Nicole Cabell, soprano; John Axelrod, piano

      In a fascinating new concept, John Axelrod leads an exploration of the relationship between Brahms and the woman he loved, Clara Schumann, as depicted in their music. “If you listen to the Brahms symphonies,” says Axelrod, “each of them seems to inhabit a completely different, though connected, character. Then, if you listen to the songs of Clara Schumann, they also fall clearly into a very similar four moods. I believe that Clara’s own personality is in those songs, and so if that is true, it is also possible to think of the four Brahms symphonies as portraits of Clara – four different aspects of her.”

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      • Christophe

        This is a wonderful recording, with an intruiging concept and context, with superlative playing by the Orchestra laVerdi, sensational singing by Nicole Cabell and Indra thomas, and deep, effective conducting and sensitive piano playing by John Axelrod. I know his work well and can attest to the gravitas of his interpretations and his outstanding direction. I am so looking forward to the next CD to be released by Telarc early next year, featuring not only the Symphonies 1 and 3 to complete the cycle but also more Clara Schumann lieder with Wolfgang Holzmair and Dame Felicity Lott. This is a must have CD and Brahms cycle for any record collection and for those new to the songs of Clara Schumann.

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