Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


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28th May 2012




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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


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

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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.

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso

IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Andante moderato

III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto

IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro

Sunday Times

15th July 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.”

BBC Music Magazine

October 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.”

MusicWeb International

August 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.”

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