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2011 Through Brahms: Disc 1

Disc I magnifies Robert Schumann’s sentiment in describing Brahms’s early chamber works as “veiled symphonies.” The Opus 18 Sextet illustrates the sweeping grandeur of Brahms’s music as well as his reverence for the Baroque and Classical traditions. Vivaldi’s piquant variations on the ancient melody La Follia and Mozart’s Violin Sonata in e minor reflect this dimension of Brahms’s artistic identity. The disc also includes three lieder by Schumann, himself a key influence on Brahms in both life and art.

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