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Ave Maria, Op 12

composer
1858; first performed, with orchestral accompaniment, at the Gradener Akademie in Hamburg on 2 December 1859, Brahms conducting; published 1861
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

 
Composed in 1858, but not published until 1861, the first performance of the Ave Maria Op 12 was given at the Gradener Akademie in Hamburg on 2 December 1859, with orchestral accompaniment, along with the Funeral Hymn Op 13, both directed by Brahms. It represents the composer’s first published attempt at combining vocal and instrumental music, and although there are certain infelicities, the obvious warmth of expression contrasts markedly with the main body of the motets as a whole.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1991

L’Ave Maria op. 12 fut composé en 1858, mais ne fut publié qu’en 1861. Sa première représentation fut donnée à la Gradener Akademie de Hambourg, le 2 décembre 1859, avec un accompagnement orchestral, en même temps que l’«Hymne funèbre» op. 13, sous la direction de Brahms lui-même. Cette œuvre représente le premier essai par le compositeur de combiner la musique vocale et la musique instrumentale et malgré certaines maladresses, la chaleur évidente de l’expression est en contraste marqué avec l’ensemble tout entier des motets.

extrait des notes rédigées par Julian Haylock © 1991
Français: Alain Midoux

Die Uraufführung des 1858 komponierten, aber erst 1861 veröffentlichten Ave Maria op. 12 fand am 2. Dezember 1859 in der Gradener Akademie in Hamburg statt, und zwar mit Orchesterbegleitung. Das Programm sah außerdem den Begräbnisgesang op. 13 vor, und beide Werke wurden von Brahms persönlich dirigiert. Das „Ave Maria“ stellt den letzten veröffentlichten Versuch des Komponisten dar, Vokal- und Instrumentalmusik zu verknüpfen, und obwohl es gewisse Ungeschicklichkeiten aufweist, kontrastiert doch die nicht zu übersehende Wärme seines Ausdrucks deutlich mit den Motetten in ihrer Gesamtheit.

aus dem Begleittext von Julian Haylock © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Brahms & Rheinberger: Mass
CDA67559
Brahms: motets
CDH55346Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 8 on CDA67559 [3'56]
Track 13 on CDH55346 [3'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66389 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-38913
Duration
3'51
Recording date
22 October 1989
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Brahms: motets (CDA66389)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: February 1991
    Deletion date: December 2007
    Superseded by CDH55346
  2. Brahms: motets (CDH55346)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: June 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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