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

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4


Brahms:

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

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

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


During recent years Andrew Manze has become one of the most inspiring conductors of his generation. Since 2006 he has been the principle conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, who celebrated their 100th birthday in February.

It is with this orchestra that Andrew Manze conducts a wonderful new interpretation of the Brahms Symphonies, recorded in SACD sound. Accompanying the complete Symphonies are the Haydn Variations, Tragic Overture and Academic Overture.

“this proves a release of distinctive character and many rewards...Although Manze has come from the 'period performance' movement, there is absolutely nothing pedantic in the readings he secures from his modern-instrument players...There are many instances of fresh thinking in his approach - and of fresh feeling.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ****

“With swift, flowing tempi and minimal vibrato, Manze's Brahms is lithe, clear and bold. His pulse within movements will be too flexible for some tastes, but much is organic-sounding and he is generally convincing.” Classical Music, 5th May 2012 ***

“These Brahms performances...suggest that Manze has brought an added subtlety and beauty to the orchestra's string-playing...The Haydn Variations and the Academic Festival Overture are both finely done. Elsewhere what we have is work in progress, not only for the orchestra...but also for Manze himself. Awash with insights and excitements though his readings are, he has yet to bring these within the fold of a settled vision.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“Manze’s performances are quite outstanding. His interpretations are taut without being over-driven; at the same time he is sensitive to the emotional ebbs and flows of Brahms’ music, and his management of transitions is masterly.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

“You don't often find freshness and innovation in performances of the Brahms symphonies, but Manze's take is wholly individual: they burst with life, by turns wistful, yearning, sharp-edged and blisteringly incisive...Manze's vision provides more than an "early music" approach to Brahms: this is the composer reinvented for the 21st century.” The Observer, 6th May 2012

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Rhenish State Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Raiskin

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Brahms: The Complete Symphonies

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


Amongst the standard performances for this repertoire.

Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Great performances by 2 of the best Dutch orchestras, both were under his artistic leadership for years. This is an unfailingly warm-hearted, full-blooded Brahmsian sound and seems to represent a genuine attempt at redirecting the modern symphony orchestra towards the sort of sound-mix Brahms himself is likely to have heard.

“recommended without qualification. This is a vibrant cycle, played with real ardour and extremely well recorded. It shows van Zweden to be a really committed and intelligent Brahmsian. There's not a weak link here: every performance is full of life and sections that can be problematic are triumphantly successful...van Zweden is consistently inspiring and imaginative.” International Record Review, October 2011

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


In Norrington’s interpretations of the great romantic Brahms, the works are presented with new clarity and vividness. They are now available on SACD and at a special price. “The vibrato-free Stuttgart strings play with a purity and simplicity….” Gramophone

“The interplay of divided strings is very clear. The woodwind players are absolutely top-notch, and I especially enjoyed their contributions in the first movement of No. 3, which of all the performances probably comes off best.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***

“the modern Stuttgart strings do use vibrato, but sparingly, the leaner textures in no way inhibiting lyricism or sounding anaemic...this is an affectionate memento of how, in Norrington's words, he has tried to 'connect a modern orchestra with its roots'.” International Record Review, March 2011

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Evgeny Svetlanov is renowned as an interpreter of the works by West European, Russian, Soviet and contemporary composers. He conducted the first performances of many of the works. As well as being one of Russia’s greatest Russian conductors, he was a composer and pianist and was a People’s Artist of the USSR. These recordings are from 1981-1982.

“The sound of Russian horns at the start of the Second Symphony is rather haunting as well as heavy with vibrato...it's a strongly-projected and thought-provoking set, not least because Svetlanov was such a compelling musical personality. The sound is slightly hard-edged but clear.” International Record Review, May 2011

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Brahms: Orchestral Works

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Brahms:

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81


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Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 1-4 & Alto Rhapsody

Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 1-4 & Alto Rhapsody


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Recorded Milan, 20th & 24th March 1959

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Recorded Torino, 23rd January 1959

Marga Hoffgen (contralto)

Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Torino della RAI

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Recorded Stuttgart, 11th September 1958

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart


Celibadache demanded very high standards and rehearsed in great detail. He liked broad tempi, and the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky were his core repertory. The recordings date from 1958-1959 and the sound is superb.

“combines high energy levels with the expected arching lines...this new reissue also includes a sensitively sung Alto Rhapsody with Marga Höffgen” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Alto-Rhapsody & Tragic Overture

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Alto-Rhapsody & Tragic Overture


Brahms:

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Anne Sofie von Otter (alto)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Gustav Kuhn

A new and compelling recording of Brahms’s four symphonies. This recording was made in the Bolzano auditorium which corresponds in size to the general concert situation as regards space in Brahms’s day. Consequently Gustav Kuhn does not have double woodwind and employs a relatively small number of strings. By using this ‘original’ number of instruments we hear an increased transparency of the fine symphonic texture as well as a heightened intensity of expressive playing.

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