After the great success of his Beethoven cycle, Christian Thielemann now turns with his new orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, to the symphonic and concertante works of Johannes Brahms. And once again he succeeds in presenting a new and authoritative reading of these works. In place of Romantic “feelings” he infuses the soundscape with clarity and finely judged balance. “Voices are audible that otherwise flit by” (Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten), “Thielemann unravels an enormous piece into a delicate chamber music” wrote the renowned Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun. The tradition of the German kapellmeister is upheld: “Calm and composed tempo, the ground-rumbling sound, […] overwhelming surging wave of sounds at climaxes. We can’t think of any other conductor than Thielemann at present who has all those endowments, which used to be the (original) trade mark of German maestros.” – so said the Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo).