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

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Vladimir Jurowski conducts Brahms Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Brahms Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 27 October 2010 (Symphony No. 3) and 28 May 2011 (Symphony No. 4)


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


LPO Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski completes his survey of Brahms’s four symphonies.

His previous disc, of Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (February 2010), received great critical acclaim including BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Disc of the Month’ and the recommended version of Symphony No. 2 by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’.

Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 were recorded live in concert at Royal Festival Hall in 2010 and 2011, receiving press reviews including ‘a performance of colossal proportions’ (The Guardian, No. 4).

In the Third, sweeping string melodies and autumnal colours interwoven with his recurring musical motto of ‘free but joyful’ create one of the composer’s most personal works. In the Fourth, Brahms looked back to his idols Bach and Beethoven for inspiration, creating a masterpiece whose extraordinary passacaglia finale – based on a Bach cantata – seems to sum up the composer’s symphonic mastery.

“They are at once modern in their transparency and detailed nuance yet old-fashioned in their relaxed tempi, long, overarching phrasing and use of string portamento...Each approach opens our ears. These LPO performances are true bargains as well as fine performances.” The Observer, 26th January 2014 ***

“The London Philharmonic’s principal conductor marries the best of tradition with the best of modern practice” Financial Times, 25th January 2014

“The expressive power Jurowski brings to both symphonies derives in large measure from the plasticity of his articulation of the musical line. Such plasticity might seem mannered were it not for the strong sense of forward momentum which informs his conducting here.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“this is an outstanding disc, strong in momentum, passionately detailed...Jurowski has the orchestra respond hypersensitively to Brahms’s syncopations and ever-shifting dynamics.” Sunday Times, 9th March 2014

“There are plenty of good things in this new Carmina...Graf's tempos are also excellent - he draws a wider range of moods and colouration from this piece than most conductors...The choral passages are intelligently prepared and sung...Kennedy's roasted swan is one of the best you'll find.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Recording Date:

Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 recorded at the Semperoper Dresden 2013

Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 recorded at the NHK Hall Tokyo 2013

After the great success of his Beethoven cycle, Christian Thielemann now turns with his new orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, to the symphonic work of Johannes Brahms.

Bonus features include: an extensive 52 minute interview with Christian Thielemann on Brahms’ Symphonies and provides and in-depth look into his interpretation of Brahms.

Subtitles: English, Japanese and Korean

Sound Format Blu-ray: dts-HD MA 5.1/5.1, PCM Stereo

Picture: 16:9, HD

Booklet: E, G, F

Total Running Time: 260 Minutes

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C Major - 715204

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Sir Adrian Boult conducts Brahms & Mendelssohn

Sir Adrian Boult conducts Brahms & Mendelssohn


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Royal Albert Hall, London, 8 August 1975

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 July 1972

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble that attracted such artists as Arturo Toscanini, Serge Koussevitzky and Bruno Walter to conduct it. After retiring from the BBCSO in 1950, Boult became chief conductor of the London Philharmonic until 1957. He continued to guest conduct and record prolifically until 1978 and enjoyed an ‘Indian summer’ in the studio with both English music (Vaughan Williams and Elgar) and nineteenth-century German repertoire (Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Wagner). His early studies at the Leipzig Conservatory with Max Reger and with the charismatic conductor Arthur Nikisch, who knew Brahms, gave Boult a unique understanding of this composer.

Boult’s period in Leipzig also brought him in touch with the music of Mendelssohn, who had founded the Conservatory as well as being appointed as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

The live 1975 Proms performance of Brahms’s Symphony No.4 has never been issued before. The live account is more electrifying than the studio recording made in 1972. It has been recorded in stereo and fully captures the ‘Indian summer’ that Boult enjoyed at the Proms and in the studio with EMI at the time.

The Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 was recorded live in stereo and has never been issued before. It is a comparative rarity in that Boult’s only other recorded performances were in 1966 (unissued on CD) and in 1954 in mono.

“Vintage Boult performances recorded at the Proms. The Brahms has tremendous forward momentum, while the Mendelssohn exudes virtuosity.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

“the present version is splendid. The Brahms Symphony was composed only a few years before Boult was born. What we hear shows a lifetime’s experience and love of this composer. The second movement has such dignity, never cloying and conveying the melancholy of the ageing composer” MusicWeb International, 29th November 2013

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal 30./31.10.2007

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 6.-10.02.2012


One year after the successful release of the 2nd and 3rd symphonies by Johannes Brahms, the present double CD now completes the full cycle of Brahms’s symphonies, as performed by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Mariss Jansons. Only a few weeks ago, Mariss Jansons finished the recording of the 4th symphony in Munich’s Herkulessaal. Along with his 1st symphony (“Beethoven’s Tenth”), it puts the finishing touch on the complete performance of Johannes Brahms’ symphonic works, compositions oriented around the creativity of his great role model, yet in many ways also forward looking and innovative.

The first complete Brahms cycle with Mariss Jansons.

A brand-new recording from February 2012.

“it's clear from the volatile wistfulness with which Jansons phrases its opening bars that he just loves the Fourth Symphony...This is undoubtedly a reading to return to.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ***

“Throughout [the first] movement an assured Jansons successfully provides generous quantities of beauty, sadness and even menace...Jansons and his Bavarian Radio colleagues are impressive Brahmsians. Any serious collector should be happy to hold this set of Brahms’ symphonies.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

“[Jansons’s account of these two Brahms symphonies] is notable for the care taken with articulation, phrasing and balance, and for the disciplined force of his Bavarian orchestra. All the more disappointing, then, that No 1 receives a performance that is generally so dull...Happily, in No 4, Jansons’s qualities come fully to the fore. Here everything is alive, and dullness is banished.” Sunday Times, 15th July 2012

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Alto Rhapsody

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Alto Rhapsody


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Motets (2), Op. 74

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Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, MDR Chor Leipzig

Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, MDR Chor Leipzig

Motets (3), Op. 110

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, MDR Chor Leipzig

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus


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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


RCA Classical Masters - 88697711362

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Brahms & Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Brahms & Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

London Symphony Orchestra

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

London Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

1956 version

London Symphony Orchestra


Born in Vienna in April 1902, the cheery-looking Josef Krips seems to have been pre-destined to achieve eminence in the Viennese classics. He recorded with both, the Wiener Philharmoniker and the key London orchestras for Decca in the 1940s, 50s and 60s and the interpretations have genuine expressive power while remaining devoid of exaggeration or affectation.

Here we have Krips giving us the First and Fourth symphonies, respectively of Brahms and Schumann. With the Wiener Philharmoniker he whips up an almost uncontainable sense of thrill in Brahms’s First. ‘I wrote the Symphony in that first flush of spring which carries a man away even in his old age, and comes over him anew every year’ wrote Schumann of his First Symphony. Krips’s way with the work is unforced and natural, and of his two recordings of Schumann’s Fourth (in 1952 and 1957), the second is included here.

This issue forms part of a series of five reissues devoted to the art of Josef Krips.

Recording producers: John Culshaw (Brahms No. 1); Victor Olof (Brahms No. 4); James Walker (Schumann No. 1); Christopher Whelan (Schumann No. 4);

Balance engineers: James Brown (Brahms No. 1); unidentified (Brahms No. 4); Ken Cress (Schumann No. 4); Gordon Parry (Schumann No. 4)

Recording locations: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, October 1956 (Brahms No. 1); Kingsway Hall, London, United Kingdom, April 1950 (Brahms No. 4), October 1956 (Schumann No. 4), May 1957 (Schumann No. 1)

“the glory of this disc is Brahms 1 - an Andante of unalloyed bliss.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****/*

“The Schumann [Fourth] shows powerful structural conviction … It begins by striking just the right ominous note, and the Allegro grows from this compellingly … Krips’s avoidance of easy sentimentality is welcome, as is his refusal to linger affectionately over passages that please him at the expense of overall vision. Transfers are up to Decca’s customary high quality, giving a clean, immediate sound.” Gramophone Magazine

“Krips’s smiling, companionable approach is so sympathetic” Gramophone Magazine (Schumann Symphony No. 1)

“An extremely fine performance in many ways with plenty of weight and sense of purpose. The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is both sensitive and splendidly alive; the slow movement is thoroughly felt and eloquently phrased. Krips’s reading combines strength and tenderness, power and lyrical feeling” Gramophone Magazine (Brahms Symphony No. 1)

“Superb… There are no histrionics about Krips’s reading, in which everything is beautifully proportioned and carefully calculated. The music moves forward to its natural climaxes, in each of the four movements, with a wonderful feeling of inevitability that leads logically and dramatically to the crowning achievement of the great Finale. The orchestral playing is sensitive, vigorous, and poised to a nicety, and the recording does full justice to it.” Gramophone Magazine (Brahms Symphony No. 4)

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Re-issue of the Month - August 2011

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


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Brahms - Symphonies 3 & 4

Brahms - Symphonies 3 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Dunja Vejzovic (soprano)

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Tragic Overture, Op. 81


Houston Symphony, Christopher Eschenbach

Virgin de Virgin - 6932282

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

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.


“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.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2007 ****

“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 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.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2008

“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.” Sunday Times

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