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

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

rec. 1937

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

rec. 1936


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Even while creating a sensation across the US, with concerts in Chicago, Cleveland, New York and further afield, Rafael Kubelík recorded the four symphonies of Brahms with the Vienna Philharmonic for Decca (in stereo) in the 1950s. Long unavailable, they are here presented together for the first time on CD, in an economical 2CD package, further enhanced by both new digital remasterings from the original tapes, and an extensive appreciation of the happy marriage of composer and conductor by Rob Cowan.

Cowan observes that Kubelík came to take a more expansive view of this music in the recorded cycle he made almost 30 years later with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In Vienna, exposition repeats were cut, tempi were taut and often uncommonly swift for the time, even in the pastoral Second and ruminative Third symphonies; impulsiveness and sudden access to drama were paramount, yet always modulated by the renowned, sweetly refined string sound. ‘Music has always developed by moving on to something new once one idiom has been exhausted,’ the conductor once remarked, ‘but it has always had a form. Like a tree, like a man, it must have a skeleton, flesh and veins – it must have its own logic.’

Such sensitivity to nature and to his fellow man stood Kubelík in good stead when approaching the work of a composer who felt likewise, and yet whose creativity was indeed ruthlessly disciplined by musical logic, whether in the long-gestated, darkness-to-light journey of the First or the ineluctable tragedy of the Fourth. These qualities, too, Kubelík had absorbed from his father, the violinist Jan Kubelík, whom he always regarded with more than filial respect. There is, indeed, an evolving tradition at work in these performances which commands attention anew.

“Kubelík’s performance has a splendid impulse to it; and the Vienna Philharmonic is at its best … this is an exciting version.” Gramophone Magazine, February 1959 (Symphony No.2)

“The performance illuminated by the fine general quality of sound is a strong one … The symphony is kept moving throughout, culminating in a finale which is positively exhilarating.” Gramophone Magazine, June 1958 (Symphony No.1)

“Kubelík gives a smooth and loving reading of the work, reserving excitement, as such, for the finale. The excitement, in fact, is doubly effective when held in reserve.” Gramophone Magazine, October 1956 (Symphony No.4)

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Before moving into the Elbphilharmonie, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and his NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester performed a ‘Brahms Marathon’ with all four symphonies of the Hamburg-born composer in the historic Laeiszhalle. Brahms’ music has always played an important role in the history of the orchestra, whose defining interpretations of the symphonies by Brahms and Bruckner have become the ensemble’s artistic hallmark. The orchestra, founded in 1945, was led by outstanding conductors such as Günter Wand, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi. Since 2011, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock is in charge of continuing the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester’s history. In the bonus program Discovering Brahms, Thomas Hengelbrock offers interesting background information on all four symphonies. ‘The evening was more than worth it’ (Hamburger Abendblatt).

RECORDING DATE: Laeiszhalle Hamburg, May 2016

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

SUBTITLES BONUS: German (original language), English

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 210 mins

Concert: 167 mins / Bonus: 43 mins

BONUS: Discovering Brahms with Thomas Hengelbrock

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major & Double Concerto

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major & Double Concerto


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Mischa Mischakoff (violin), Frank Miller (cello)


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


When Brahms’ First Symphony received its premiere, it was immediately described as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’ – the highest praise possible, acclaiming Brahms as the successor to the greatest symphonist of all.

But it hadn’t been an easy journey. Brahms was 43 years old when this symphony was first performed, and in those first four decades of his life he had been grappling with the question of how to deal with the great legacy of the Classical era that lay before him. It took him 20 years to compose that first symphony – but once it was completed, he suddenly produced three more in under ten years, in one of the most astonishing creative outpourings in music: ‘a quartet of masterworks,’ in the words of Asher Fisch, ‘that are both old and new.’

Recorded live in concert in 2015, these performances from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Conductor bring to life the colour and complexity of Brahms’ vision.

Fisch – a protégé of Daniel Barenboim – is acclaimed as one of the great conductors of the Romantic repertoire of our times; from the lyrical second symphony to the epic fourth, this album is a testimony to his interpretative prowess, Brahms’ music, and to a superlative orchestra recorded in its prime.

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Brahms: Symphonies & Concertos

Brahms: Symphonies & Concertos


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

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

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Gidon Kremer (violin)

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Gidon Kremer (violin), Mischa Maisky (cello)


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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 & Haydn Variations

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 & Haydn Variations


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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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90


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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 & Tragic Overture

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 & Tragic Overture


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Tragic Overture, Op. 81


The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin Sieghart

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