“If Brahms had called his enchanting Serenade in D major a symphony—and he almost did—we would be hearing it all the time.” (Michael Steinberg, annotator) Music Director Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra bring to life the depth and brilliance of Brahms’ two Serenades in this recording on historically accurate instruments. The San Francisco Chronicle raved, “Nothing affirmed the power of [the historically-informed] approach like the splendid performance of the Serenade… [McGegan] embraced every opportunity to give the music a musky physicality – especially in the outer movements, whose rhythmic force was arresting.”
The performances were recorded live at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA on March 10-11, 2012 (Serenade No. 2) and February 13-14, 2010 (Serenade No. 1).