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

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Brahms: Symphony No. 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Schoenberg:

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31


A little over 40 years separate Brahms’s Fourth Symphony from Schoenberg’s Variations Op.31: little enough for two sound-worlds so radically divergent. Yet a certain conscious classicism in the handling of variation forms (the chaconne in Brahms, balanced serialism in Schoenberg) and a common affiliation – to Bach – link these masterpieces of Romanticism and dodecaphony.

“Nagano delivers an overwhelming and superbly articulated account of the Schoenberg. His Brahms is beautifully played, but lacks the last ounce of passion, especially in the outer movements.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951884

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Brahms: The Symphonies & Orchestral Works

Brahms: The Symphonies & Orchestral Works


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116 No. 4

arr. Paul Klengel

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

arr. Paul Klengel

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

Nagen am Herzen fühl ich Gift in mir, Op. 65, No. 9

Orchestral Version

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52: excerpts

Orchestral Version

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 - Andante

Original First Performance Version

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: 1. Alternative opening


The award winning album , now available on bluray audio.

Following the 2011 landmark Beethoven cycle, Riccardo Chailly returns with a recording of the complete Brahms symphonies and orchestral works including the overtures and Haydn Variations.

Rarities include world premiere recordings of two piano intermezzi orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus’ long-standing principal cellist Julius Klengel); the 9 Liebeslieder waltzes; the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony.

Chailly has radically rethought his approach to these works, re-examining the scores and returning to the recorded interpretations of a generation of conductors alive during Brahms’ lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner and one of his Gewandhaus predecessors Bruno Walter.

“dynamic and dramatic readings, faithful to Brahms's intentions. Powerfully conceived, they are rhythmically alert, without an ounce of undue sentiment and never for an instant losing sight of the scores' rock-solid architecture. The Gewandhaus players reward him with magnificent playing, alert and sumptuously rich in sound.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 *****

GGramophone Awards 2014

Record of the Year

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Orchestral Finalist

Decca - 4787696

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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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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 ****

LPO - LPO0075

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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

(incomplete)

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


Decca - Double Decca - 4783937

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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 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)

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

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - August 2011

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4804325

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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: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Berlliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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DG Unitel - 0734386

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

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


Presto CD

DG - 4274972

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