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Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music [Box set]

Johannes Brahms , Marc-André Hamelin , Thea King , Lawrence Power , The Florestan Trio , et al. Audio CD

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This deluxe, mid-priced boxed set of twelve discs contains some of the finest recordings ever made of the chamber music masterpieces of Johannes Brahms. Containing over thirteen hours of glorious music, this set features star performers such as Marc-André Hamelin, the Florestan Trio, Lawrence Power and Dame Thea King. Musical selections include all the sonatas and sonata movements (including both clarinet and viola versions of Op.120), both string sextets, the three quintets, the piano and string quartets and all five trios. For anyone who wants to explore the riches of Brahms's works in this genre, this set would be a perfect gift.

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The Raphael Ensemble - New Budapest Quartet - Leopold String Tio - The Florestan Trio - Piers Lane & Marc-André Hamelin, pianos

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Superb Dec 14 2008
By J. F. Laurson - Published on Amazon.com
Looked at and listened to *as a set*, the merits of this Hyperion box are much higher than "leaves no complaints". Even if the DG and Philips sets were still available (which they currently are not), they wouldn't be a threat to Hyperion's - merely competition. DG has some spectacular highlights with the Rostropovich/Serkin Cello Suites and the Italiano/Pollini Piano Quintet. But even DG has stronger performances of some of the other works in their own catalog that are not included on the compilation: The Hagen Quartett with Gérard Caussé in the String Quintets and Emil Gilels with the Amadeus Quartet (or Argerich `with friends') in the First Piano Quartet, for example. Philips has the Beaux Arts Trio, who were caught at the height of their powers and are particularly effective in the Piano Quartets with violist Walter Trampler. The Cello Sonatas with Sebok & Starker are my (emotional) favorite, anyway, and Seb'k / Grumiaux are fine in the Violin Sonatas. But the clarinet works and the String Quartets (the Quartetto Italiano on auto-pilot) are not top drawer.

The Hyperion box's less than brilliant spot (weakness would be too strong a word) is probably the disc with the Cello Sonatas. Perhaps a missed opportunity in not having been generous and thrown in Isserlis' new recording with Stephen Hough... though, in all honesty, even then I would still recommend supplementing your collection with either "Slava" or Starker. Brilliant Classics has a box out (Brilliant 99800), and it's as complete as Hyperion's. It happens to be one of the strong points of their complete Brahms box (which runs about the price of the Hyperion Chamber Works) and should not be dismissed. But Hyperion's excellent interpretations are added by extraordinary production value - not the least the exceptionally well engineered recordings that offer a continuity of great sound that Brilliant's pick-and-patch collection can't match. Differences individual tastes will inform the choice between the sets - but with at least a dozen performances that are my favorites even on individual discs, the Hyperion set is my pick among the bunch.

(You can find a more detailed review of the individual performances on this box here: [...])
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms Complete Chamber Music June 5 2011
By R. J. VanderMolen - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic collection of Brahms chamber works. I have other recordings of a number of these pieces, but in most cases these recordings are superior. Don't wait, buy it NOW.

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