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

Naxos: 8570233

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

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570233
(8.570233)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th Aug 2007

Barcode:

0747313023370

Length:

64 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor

Hungarian Dance No. 4 in B minor

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

Hungarian Dance No. 7

Hungarian Dance No. 8 in A minor

Hungarian Dance No. 9 in E minor

Hungarian Dances arranged for orchestra by Peter Breiner.


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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

Johannes Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (excerpts) (arr. P. Breiner for orchestra)

Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor

Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F sharp minor

Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major

Hungarian Dance No. 7 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 8 in A minor

Hungarian Dance No. 9 in E minor

BBC Music Magazine

October 2007

“A rhythmically taut, finely structured reading with plenty of dynamism ad thrust, but giving full rein to the work's deep elegiac aspects.”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2007

****

“It's a rhythmically taut, finely structured reading with plenty of dynamism and thrust, but giving full rein to the work's deep elegiac aspects and darker shadings.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“The LPO, London's finest Brahms ensemble, has been in vintage form during this cycle under Marin Alsop's measured and thoughtful direction.
Not since the classically incisive Loughran/ Hallé recordings of the mid-1970s has there been a more obviously collectable budget-price Brahms set.
Alsop's reading of the Fourth Symphony is not dissimilar to Sir Adrian Boult's 1972 LPO recording. Like Boult, Alsop is happy to establish a tempo and emotional trajectory for each movement and leave it at that – a plausible view given the astonishing degree of thematic integration that underpins the work.
As elsewhere in the cycle, tempi tend to be measured.
The Andante moderato is downright slow, though Alsop manages to maintain line and interest.
The Scherzo, happily, is a true Allegro giocoso, which is important. By acting out the role of a conventional finale, the Scherzo leaves the actual finale free to enact its own tragic destiny.
The recording sounds well if played at a decent level. In the Scherzo, the triangle (deliciously placed and recorded in the Hungarian Dances) is more an impression than a presence. There is also an editing glitch midway through the movement, not the first in this series. The seven Hungarian Dances, unorchestrated by Brahms, are heard in newly commissioned orchestrations by Peter Breiner. The thudding fairground timpani in No 6 doesn't appeal. Elsewhere, piquancy is the watchword, with stylish playing from the LPO, gamesomely led.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2008

“The LPO, London's finest Brahms ensemble, has been in vintage form during this cycle under Marin Alsop's measured and thoughtful direction.”

Sunday Times

“Alsop’s triumphant cycle of Brahms symphonies with the LPO comes to a climactic end with this hugely impressive account of the Fourth. She has that ability, vital in music as dense as this, to hurry nothing, to make the most of the moment, yet always to maintain a sense of impetus.”

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