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

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Brahms: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 3

Brahms: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 3


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90


Emilio Percan (violin & direction)

National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Bashkortosta

With his Violin Concerto Brahms was often accused of having embedded the solo violin too deeply within the orchestra. When looking at his two piano concertos, his intention seems to have been rather to write symphonic concerts as virtuoso solo pieces with orchestral accompaniment. “Because of the dialogues in the orchestra between violins and wind instruments and the accompanying figures of the solo violins, the concert seems to me rather like a piece of chamber music”, tells us Emilio Percan and decided to record the Violin Concerto without a conductor. The matter of instrumentation is crucial in this context. Example for Percan is the Meininger Hofkapelle, which premiered many of Brahms’ pieces and played with almost half of the violins than other orchestras of the time (and of today!). Brahms, however, had an exact idea of how the orchestral arrangement should look like for his pieces. For the performance of one of his symphonies in Boston, he was to sketch the desired setup and made a drawing which was the model for the present recording. The result is a completely new listening experience which brings both the Violin Concerto and the Third Symphony closer to chamber music, thereby allowing hitherto unknown aspects of the music to arise.

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are pleased to announce the release of their latest recordings on BSO Classics-a three-disc set of the four Brahms symphonies, recorded live during concert performances at Symphony Hall this past November, engineered by the same in-house team that produced the BSO's recent Grammy-winning Shostakovich recordings under Maestro Nelsons on Deutsche Grammophon. This new Brahms symphony cycle follows two others recorded previously by the BSO, under Erich Leinsdorf in the mid-1960s and Bernard Haitink in the early 1990s. "It makes me so proud and happy," observes Andris Nelsons, "that the Boston Symphony Orchestra of today, filled with so many great musicians, will now have its own place in recorded history with this amazing music."

“There’s not a single bar that feels heavy or stodgy, and yet amongst the lightness there is real weight when required...Aside from that, what impressed me most was the absolute clarity achieved, with every facet of Brahms’s orchestration there to be heard...This set is quite exceptional, and surely one of the finest to have come along in recent years.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 26th May 2017

“His Brahms is as vital, impulsive and rhythmic as all his work strives to be – though not as sheerly dynamic as one might have imagined – but there is blend and bloom, too...he truly listens to the music, feeling its pulse and allowing the phrasing to evolve with as little intervention or ‘shaping’ as possible. He is generous without indulgence, muscular without vulgarity.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2017

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26th May 2017

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: The First Recording (Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4)

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: The First Recording (Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4)


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


With his imagination, his musicological passion for discovery and his uncompromising manner of music-making, Thomas Hengelbrock numbers among the most sought-after conductors of our time and he is musical director of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. Concert tours with the orchestra have taken him through Germany, Europe, and Asia. The opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in January 2017 will mark the beginning of a new era for the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, formerly the NDR Symphony Orchestra: the ensemble will move in as orchestra in residence at the Elbphilharmonie, making its musical home after a 70-year history. The orchestra’s programme will play a major role in shaping the artistic profile of this spectacular new concert hall. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra was founded in 1945, holds its own concert series in Hamburg, Lübeck and Kiel today and plays a leading role at the large festivals in northern Germany. Its international standing is underlined by tours throughout Europe, to North and South America and to Asia.

“[Hengelbrock] sacrifices a degree of tension in Brahms's dynamic cut-and-thrust for long, simmering vocal lines: we certainly learn the hall allows for great spaciousness and subtle bloom. In the Third Symphony the Andante has a wonderful still serenity, winds and horn glow and strings drape the melody with silken texture” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ***

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Howard Griffiths

Not only did Brahms write his symphonies, he also heard them - and was impressed with conductor Fritz Steinbach. Several decades ago one of his students published Steinbach's interpretive notes, which sparked the profound interest of Howard Griffiths, the director of the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt / Oder - there hardly is a more authentic way of listening to Brahms' symphonies.

This rendition of the two symphonies is based on a collection of detailed and exciting interpretive suggestions, which Brahms himself knew, heard and liked. They were conceived by Fritz Steinbach, a conductor and contemporary of Brahms, who the composer considered the best performer of his symphonies. Howard Griffiths has thoroughly studied the dossier and has diligently transferred the notes to his score: he plays with the tempo, balances with the dynamics and uses minute shifts of accentuation to great effect. This brings the interpretation very close to Brahms intention, thereby literally presenting the listener with a historically informed performance and simply providing the most authentic way of enjoying Brahms' last two symphonies. A recording of the first two symphonies performed by the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt under the baton of Howard Griffiths has already been released by Klanglogo in 2015 (KL1513).

“The spirit of romance is certainly present in Griffiths’s readings…[and] the Frankfurt orchestra produces a very agreeable soft-grained legato sound” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

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Brahms: The Four Symphonies

Brahms: The Four Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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


The music of Brahms held an important place in Sir John Barbirolli’s repertoire and these recordings of the symphonies, made with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1966 and 1967, stand as one of the peaks of his discography. Barbirolli’s relationship with this music is rooted in his time as an orchestral cellist, and these performances are notable for their rich, ripe sonorities and expansive warmth.

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Jascha Horenstein conducts Brahms & Wagner

Jascha Horenstein conducts Brahms & Wagner


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture


Southwest German Radio Orchestra (Baden-Baden), Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra bring to a close their celebrated Brahms’ cycle with the release of Brahms third and fourth Symphonies.

Brahms is often associated with the idea of abstract music, free of literary models or autobiography, but with the third the composer wrote in many ways his most personal symphony.

Composed at a mountain retreat in 1884, about a year after completing the third, Brahms’ architectural musical skill is nowhere more evident than in his fourth and final symphony, employing Baroque contrapuntal techniques and chromatic labyrinths and described by Hans von Bülow as having the feeling of ‘being given a beating by two incredibly intelligent people.’

“Brahms and Gergiev could hardly be described as natural bedfellows but there were moments in the Third Symphony where the illicitness of unnatural bedfellows generated a certain frisson.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

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Eduard van Beinum conducts Haydn, Brahms & Ravel

Eduard van Beinum conducts Haydn, Brahms & Ravel


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Recorded 20th, 22nd and 23rd March 1946

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Haydn:

Symphony No. 96 in D major 'Miracle'

Recorded 21st September 1947

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole

Recorded 10th September 1946

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

Tchaikovsky:

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)

Recorded 22nd September 1947

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


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Karl Böhm conducts Brahms & Weber

Karl Böhm conducts Brahms & Weber


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture

Preciosa, Overture J279 (Op. 78)

Oberon Overture

Peter Schmoll, Overture J8 (Op. 8)


During the 1950s, Karl Böhm made a handful of orchestral recordings for Decca with the Wiener Philharmoniker of, music by, among others, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms Schubert and Weber. The Brahms Symphony is performed with sweep and with classical poise and the music is clearly in the Viennese players’ blood (after all, they premiered the symphony in the Grosser Saal of the Musikverein, the very location where this recording was made). It receives its first international release on Decca CD. Weber’s star has, today, rather receded from our view, his name kept alive by but a handful of pieces. Yet he was, in some ways, a heralder of the dawn of the Romantic tradition and Böhm’s affectionate readings of these Overtures now reappear in the catalogue.

Recording producer: Victor Olof

Recording engineer: Cyril Windebank

Recording location: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria, May 1951 (Weber), June 1953 (Brahms)

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