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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal 30./31.10.2007

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 6.-10.02.2012


One year after the successful release of the 2nd and 3rd symphonies by Johannes Brahms, the present double CD now completes the full cycle of Brahms’s symphonies, as performed by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Mariss Jansons. Only a few weeks ago, Mariss Jansons finished the recording of the 4th symphony in Munich’s Herkulessaal. Along with his 1st symphony (“Beethoven’s Tenth”), it puts the finishing touch on the complete performance of Johannes Brahms’ symphonic works, compositions oriented around the creativity of his great role model, yet in many ways also forward looking and innovative.

The first complete Brahms cycle with Mariss Jansons.

A brand-new recording from February 2012.

“[Jansons’s account of these two Brahms symphonies] is notable for the care taken with articulation, phrasing and balance, and for the disciplined force of his Bavarian orchestra. All the more disappointing, then, that No 1 receives a performance that is generally so dull...Happily, in No 4, Jansons’s qualities come fully to the fore. Here everything is alive, and dullness is banished.” Sunday Times, 15th July 2012

“it's clear from the volatile wistfulness with which Jansons phrases its opening bars that he just loves the Fourth Symphony...This is undoubtedly a reading to return to.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ***

“Throughout [the first] movement an assured Jansons successfully provides generous quantities of beauty, sadness and even menace...Jansons and his Bavarian Radio colleagues are impressive Brahmsians. Any serious collector should be happy to hold this set of Brahms’ symphonies.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Live-recording, Munich, Herkulessaal 16./17.03.2006

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Live-recording, Vienna, Musikverein, 16.01.2010


The two middle symphonies by Johannes Brahms form a highly contrasting pair of works, which define the radius of Brahms’s musical language, equally marked by both poesy and the highest level of constructive stringency. The beauty of Brahmsian symphonic creativity comes to full fruition in these live recordings from the Musikverein in Vienna and the Herkulessaal in Munich under the direction of Mariss Jansons. The qualities of one of the world’s best orchestras are captured in the highest fidelity by the audiophile SACD process.

The first Brahms releases with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Audiophile live recordings on SACD from the Vienna Konzertverein and the Munich Herkulessaal.

“[Jansons] sceptics should turn to this new version to hear how close an affinity he has with this difficult piece. What may appear to be refined restraint in the articulation of the first movement's F-A-F pays off in a superbly calibrated account of the finale...[which] has a huge rustic energy...These are big performances in every sense of the word.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2011

“This is a fine example of what you might call 'modern-traditional' Brahms. The orchestral sound is rich and deep-layered, the tempos, if nt quite leisurely, still allow plenty of time to luxuriate in Brahms's long melodies...Not only has Jansons a firm sense of how Brahms's long phrases rise and fall, both minutely and as grand spans, he has a keen ear for Brahmsian polyphony.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****

“there is...a genuine feeling of where the music is going, and why. For a live account, this is impressive; it may not be the greatet Brahms Third ever put on a record but it remains a fine one throughout, and the recording quality is first-rate.” International Record Review, July 2011

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Mariss Jansons conducts Brahms Symphonies

Mariss Jansons conducts Brahms Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


This three CD Box Set presents the complete cycle of Brahms’ symphonies, as performed by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Mariss Jansons. It puts the finishing touch on the complete performance of Johannes Brahms’ symphonic works, compositions oriented around the creativity of his great role model, yet in many ways also forward-looking and innovative.

The beauty of Brahmsian symphonic creativity comes to full fruition in these live recordings from the Musikverein in Vienna and the Herkulessaal in Munich under the direction of Mariss Jansons.

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