Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music Box set
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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 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.
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