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

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem & Symphony No. 4

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem & Symphony No. 4


Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Gitta-Maria Sjoberg (soprano), Lars Thodberg Bertelsen (baritone)

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Academic Choir


Academic Orchestra, Morten Topp

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Brahms - Symphony No. 4

Brahms - Symphony No. 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

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

Hungarian Dance No. 5


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Christoph Eschenbach conducts the extremely talented young musicians of the Schleswig-Holstien Orchestra in this truly exhilarating performance – a stunning recording.

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Brahms - Symphony No. 4 & Hungarian Dances

Brahms - Symphony No. 4 & Hungarian Dances


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor

Hungarian Dance No. 18 in D major

Hungarian Dance No. 19 in B minor

Hungarian Dance No. 20 in E minor

Hungarian Dance No. 21 in E minor


This release marks the completion of the Brahms symphony cycle with The Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski. This series has been warmly applauded. “Classics Today” awarded previous releases in this cycle ‘10 out of 10’ and Classic FM Magazinze awarded the recordings of symphonies 2 & 3 “Disc of the Month”.

“…the Pittsburgh Symphony - increasingly one of the nation's finest - could easily be mistaken for a top German orchestra, like Leipzig or Dresden, in this music. The refulgence of the playing is a constant source of pleasure and any conductor who is as mindful of Brahm's ingenuity, invention and sheer vision as Janowski demands to be heard. The Hungarian Dances... are earthy and sinewy with plenty of surge factor in the lower strings and the requisite cheekiness in the phrasing exemplified by those traditionally tantalising hesitations and stompling downbeats.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2009

“It's been true for many years now that American orchestras have been sounding more middle- European, but the Pittsburgh Symphony could easily be mistaken for a top German orchestra, like Leipzig or Dresden, in this music. Listen to the slow movement of the Fourth Symphony where Marek Janowski really has his players leaning into the harmonic radiance of the writing. All those wondrous transfigurations evolve so naturally and so dreamily that the brawny exuberance of the Scherzo – tough and resilient in Janowski's hands – really does come as an unexpected blast.
Approaches differ greatly with regard to the highly innovative first movement, the whole of which constitutes a development of sorts. So, how soon do the darkening clouds descend? For some they cannot descend soon enough. But here it's as if Janowski is delaying the inevitable right through to the high anxiety of the final pages. He tightens the screw relatively late in the movement. The slow movement then restores some sense of prior well-being and inner calm, as does the still centre of the finale with its tranquil flute and trombone-led chorale variation. The refulgence of the playing is a constant source of pleasure.
The Hungarian Dances come in Brahms and Dvorák's orchestrations, their kinship self-evident.
They are earthy and sinewy with plenty of surge factor in the lower strings and the requisite cheekiness in the phrasing exemplified by those traditionally tantalising hesitations and stomping downbeats.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2009

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Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 & Brahms: Symphony No.4

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 & Brahms: Symphony No.4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Mendelssohn:

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


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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


“Brahms Symphony No 2...has clarity and detail but lacks grandeur. Christoph von Dohnányi elicits plaintive tone from the opening horns and balances the parts with care. The romantic surges of the Adagio are well measured and the Scherzo has a dainty charm, but in neither movement is there any sense of awe. The strings lack sheen, the oboe warmth. A second CD includes Symphony No 4 but the story is the same – accuracy, expertise but no real fire.” Sunday Times, 24th August 2008 ***

“[These recordings] are typical Dohnanyi accounts, tough-edged, no-nonsense, massive and unsentimental, but just falling short of the real intensity that makes his best work compelling...And though the orchestral playing is consistently outstanding, there is no sense of occasion or elan.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 29th August 2008 ***

“An unusual Brahms double but it's the Fourth which counts as the winner.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2008

“These live performances are engrossing beyond the call of duty: Dohnányi puts joy at the centre of the Fourth Symphony and his second penetrates to its core.” Classic FM Magazine *****

“Dohnanyi and his fine team achieve an apt sense of the momentous in these great works.” The Times

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Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


“Every time I return to Tanglewood I am filled with nostalgia, but this summer of ’72 I’ve had a particularly vivid memory of Koussevitzky conducting the Brahms symphonies he loved so deeply.” Leonard Bernstein, 1972

Recorded at Tanglewood, August 1972

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

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Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Tippett:

Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture


Eli Goren, Bela Dakany & Vigay Denis

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

Recorded: BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London, 11 April 1971 (Weber), Royal Festival Hall, London, 14 April 1971 (Tippett, Brahms)

“First-rate Tippett from the composer's unlikely champion; bracing Brahms, too…” Gramophone Magazine, September 2008

“[These works] show what a fine musician the conductor was. Perhaps he was too undemonstrative to make a glamorous international career, but the Euryanthe Overture — taut, precise rhythms, translucent woodwind — is outstanding. The same virtues are evident in a lucid, crisply articulated Brahms 4. The first two movements, arguably, lack warmth, but the scherzo is splendidly incisive and the finale, after a surprisingly slow start, generates powerful momentum and builds to an exciting climax.” Sunday Times, 17th August 2008 ***

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Brahms: Symphony No. 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

MacDowell:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 23

Frances Nash (piano)

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

Taylor, J D:

Ramuntcho: Introduction and Ballet Music Act III


When Arturo Toscanini fell out with NBC in 1943 and refused to conduct the orchestra which had been specially founded for him in 1937, replacement conductors were engaged. Amongst these was Leopold Stokowski, who conducted a series of broadcast concerts over the next few years, until Toscanini eventually resumed his post. These Stokowski broadcasts have gained legendary status, not least because of the rare experience of hearing him in charge of Toscanini’s own orchestra. This CD brings together an important collection of those performances taken from the original broadcasts, with some items actually introduced by Stokowski himself. Also here are works that Stokowski never recorded commercially, making a release of considerable importance to collectors of great conductors on record.

Live recordings 1941-43

“The speed and spontaneity of execution [in the Brahms] testify to the virtuoso status of the NBC players...[Ramuntcho] has a swaying power and rich orchestration that might pass for Hollywood Latin America.” Audiophile Audition, 7th April 2008

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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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