Johannes Brahms Symphonies 1 & 2

Johannes Brahms
Symphonies No. 1 & 2

Bremen Philharmonic
Markus Poschner

Catalog number: 21056

Brahms and Bremen

Brahms and Bremen, Bremen and Brahms: born in Hamburg in 1833 and later a Viennese by choice, he had a special affinity to the Hansa city on the river Weser. The Bremer Philharmonic’s Brahms Project is thus a continuation of a special tradition. One of the composer’s landmarks as a composer has a direct connection to the Hansa city. At the age of 35 he made nothing less than his breakthrough as an internationally renowned composer in Bremen’s Dom (Cathedral) with the premiere of his German Requiem. On that Good Friday in 1868 Robert Schumann’s prophecy for the young composer came true: “If he [Brahms] lowers his magic wand where the might of the masses, a chorus and orchestra, empower him, then we are in for some wonderful insights into the spiritual world”, said Schumann in his famous article on Brahms Neue Bahnen (New Paths). It had however taken thirteen years for Brahms, who until then had mainly composed piano and chamber music, to lower his own “magic wand” in the direction of a work for chorus and orchestra.
It was, significantly, Clara Schumann who remembered the article by her husband at the world premiere in Bremen conducted by Brahms himself: “As I watched Johannes [in Bremen Cathedral] standing with the baton in his hand, I remembered my dear Robert’s prophecy - which today was realized. The baton really did become a magic wand and bewitched everyone, even his most bitter enemies.”

Wolfgang Sandberger

A co-production with Radio Bremen


Nader Mashayekhi
fié ma fié II

Catalog number 21050

Salar Aghili, vocals
Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Frank Cramer

A ‘beginning’ with a new and highly individual aesthetic is something which most certainly characterises the orchestral songs by Nader Mashayekhi. fié ma fié II and moulana are two works from a series of compositions, whereby each in itself constitutes an innovative song cycle, because the lyric, which is the basis of each of the compositions, is in several parts or is taken from the works of various poets.
Both works bring together two music cultures which, from a music-historical point of view, are distant and different: contemporary orchestral composition and traditional Iranian musical practice.
This creates simultaneity of asynchrony which in this form represents something completely new. The simultaneity of both cultures in a performance shows the historico-cultural asynchrony in a much clearer light.
Mohsen Mirmehdi

A co-production with the Bayerischer Rundfunk

"CD-Tipp" Fono Forum


Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratory, BWV 248

Catalog number 21047

Agnieszka Tomaszweska
Manja Stephan

Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Clemens C. Löschmann
Phillip Langshaw

Bremer RathsChor / Neue Rathsphilharmonie Bremen

Wolfgang Helbich

Live recording

A co-production with Radio Bremen
Programme tip, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Berlin


Gustav Mahler
Symphony Nr. 6

Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Gabriel Feltz

Catalog number 21045

“… a production with unleashed sound contrasts in the glittering brass, shrill woodwind tableaux and string madness. Symphonic art which touches the extremities of our existence, a terrible end to the tragedy, two death-blows with a hammer. Mahler’s Hitchcock-symphony in the Beethovensaal? Enthusiastic, emotional applause, repeated calls of bravo.”
Helmuth Fiedler, Stuttgarter Nachrichten


Richard Strauss -  Also sprach Zarathustra
György Ligeti - Atmosphères
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Jupiter-Sinfonie


Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Gabriel Feltz

Catalog number 21029

CD plus Bonus CD with DTS 5.1 recording

“One of the finest surround recordings we have ever heard!“
David Griesinger

A co-production with Radio Bremen

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