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Rhapsody, Op 53
Brahms wrote the Alto Rhapsody in 1869. It is a setting of three stanzas from Goethe’s Winter Journey in the Harz Mountains in which a young and unhappy man seeks solace in the wilderness. A darkly scored recitative introduction in C minor [1] tells of the wandering in the wilderness. The man’s anguish – he speaks of ‘hatred of men’ (‘Menschenhass’) – is projected in the cross-rhythms of the subsequent aria [2]. Finally, the wanderer finds emotional stability in the serene C major melody shared between soloist and men’s chorus [3].

from notes by Michael Kennedy © 2003

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Details for APR5579 track 3
Recording date
14 October 1949
Recording venue
Studio of Morsk Rikskringkasting, Olso, Norway
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  1. Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (APR5579)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: June 2003
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