Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Naxos: 8557430

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2007

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8557430
(8.557430)

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd Jan 2007

Barcode:

0747313243020

Length:

55 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Brahms: Symphony No. 3


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'


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Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I

II. Andante

III. Poco Allegretto

IV. Allegro

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations"

Thema, "Chorale St. Antoni": Andante

Variation 1: Poco piu animato

Variation 2: Piu vivace

Variation 3: Con moto

Variation 4: Andante con moto

Variation 5: Vivace

Variation 6: Vivace

Variation 7: Grazioso

Variation 8: Presto non troppo

Finale: Andante

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Brand-new budget-price recordings which can rub shoulders with the best are rarer than one imagines but this fine new Brahms disc probably comes into that category. Finding a recommendable Brahms Third is more difficult than one might suppose. Since Felix Weingartner made his very fine LPO recording in 1938, the number of great, or even successful, Thirds can probably be listed on the fingers of two hands.
Marin Alsop's reading is certainly fine: dark of hue, lyrical and long drawn, though never, even for a moment, comatose. Rhythm is good, articulation keen, phrasing exquisite, the reading's crepuscular colours glowingly realised by the LPO. The reading has a quality of melancholy, a wistfulness crossed with a sense of incipient tragedy, which is almost Elgarian (Elgar's fascination with the piece is well attested).
Readings such as Furtwängler's and Sanderling's, which are more inclined to tower and course, may not have allowed themselves to be overtopped by the St Antoni Variations, yet there is something rather wonderful about the transition we have here from dark to light. It is a long time since we had a performance of the Variations as well grounded and as keenly profiled as this. Winds are splendidly to the fore: skirling flutes, songful oboes, grumbling descants on the horns 'in deep B'. It is, above all, a reading of great character: the horn-led sixth variation a burgherly jaunt, the seventh variation a handsome galliard, the finale a Meistersinger- like revel.”

Gramophone Magazine

“Marin Alsop's reading is certainly fine: dark of hue, lyrical and long drawn, though never, even for a moment, comatose. Rhythm is good, articulation keen, phrasing exquisite, the reading's crepuscular colours glowingly realised by the LPO. The reading has a quality of melancholy, a wistfulness crossed with a sense of incipient tragedy, which is almost Elgarian”

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