Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


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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

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

C Major - 715204

(Blu-ray - 2 discs)

$69.00

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


DG 2CD - 4742632

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.00

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


“The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic remains uniquely cultivated, the ensemble is finely polished, and yet there is no lack of warmth or impetus throughout the set.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

DG 2CD - 4530972

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.00

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Continuing their survey of works performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Weitblick label presents a 2CD set of Brahms' Complete Symphonies, conducted by the ever-favourite, Evgeny Svetlanov.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Weitblick - SSS0136

(CD - 2 discs)

$30.25

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel

Vanguard Classics - ATMCD1184

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.00

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


DG Duo - 4779761

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.00

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


There are many who believe that, if Beethoven wrote the Old Testament of the symphonic literature, then Brahms was the author of the New. Brahms certainly had a rich and complex relationship with tradition and novelty. ‘You don’t know what it’s like, having that giant at my heels,’ he ruefully remarked to one who was waiting, as was much of musical Europe at the time, for a First Symphony from a man whom Schumann had already proclaimed as Beethoven’s heir.

In fact the giant referred to by Brahms may indeed have been Schumann and not Beethoven, for the First Symphony contains an embedded thematic narrative that links both composers through Schumann’s wife Clara, and the complex relationship between the three was never to be satisfactorily resolved. Brahms conceived a somewhat desperate passion later in life for one of the Schumann children, and it may be said of him more truly than most creative artists that he subsumed many of his most private and turbulent feelings within his own work.

Turbulence is certainly a keynote of these marvellous, dramatic recordings. Antal Doráti may be better known to us now as a Haydn and Stravinsky specialist, or at least pioneer, but the rhythmic spring he insisted upon is at least as germane to symphonies that have often laboured under heavier weights. Indeed his light-footed tempi and incisive articulation are among the reasons why this set, unusually, fits on two CDs.

“This is about the most extrovert performance of Brahms’s First that I have ever heard. Even I, a devotee of Klemperer and Walter, find the blood stirred by Dorati’s crisp, clean-cut attack and guiltily enjoy some of the outrageously fast speeds.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1961

Newton Classics - 8802079

(CD - 2 discs)

$18.50

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Berlliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

DG Unitel - 0734386

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$29.75

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


“…Bernstein speaks eloquently of Brahms's essential duality, of Romantic passion contained and controlled by Classical forms… Bernstein's interpretations, however, clearly verge towards the Romantic side of the coin.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2007 ****

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

DG Unitel - 0734331

(DVD Video)

$37.25

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


DVD Video

Region: 2,3,4,5

Format: PAL

Warner Classics Warner Vision - 5101168602

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$37.25

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