Bernard Haitink

Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1-4 (Box Set)

LSO0070 4CD

Brahms Symphonies Nos 1-4

Brahms Symphonies Nos 1-4

Bernard Haitink conductor

Editor's Choice '[an] exceptional new disc ... imposing and beautifully shaded' Gramophone, Symphony No 2 & Double Concerto

Benchmark Recording BBC Music Magazine, Serenade No 2

Best Recording The Telegraph, Symphony No 2

After struggling for years to come to terms with his fear of comparison to Beethoven, Brahms finally completed his First Symphony at the age of 43. It was hailed as a triumph and the remaining symphonies followed relatively easily.

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Best Recording: ‘This is often called the sunniest of Brahms’s four symphonies, but the more you listen to it the more ambiguous and shadowy it seems.’ The Telegraph

Editor's Choice '[an] exceptional new disc ... imposing and beautifully shaded'
, Symphony No 2 & Double Concerto

Artistique 10 Technique 10, Symphony No 4

Benchmark Recording (Serenade No 2) 'a really beautiful performance of the second serenade ... A delight - this seems to me a new benchmark. It goes without saying that the playing is excellent' BBC Music Magazine, Symphony No 3 & Serenade No 2

'a ravishing CD ... a revelatory re-interpretation by an orchestra and conductor among the world's finest, on the very top of their form. Not a nuance is misjudged, as Haitink and the LSO takes us on a hair-raising version of the journey Brahms envisaged: long, scenic and never a dull moment' The Observer, Symphony No 1 & Tragic Overture

'The opening bars of the symphony, hammered out with real force and energy, set the tone for a fine, full-blooded performance ... hard to beat' Mail on Sunday, Symphony No 1 & Tragic Overture

'a classic recording' The Independent, Symphony No 2 & Double Concerto

'scintillating ... The fact that it is a live recording adds a certain edge; and those of us lucky enough to be at either concert at the Barbican last May will recall all too vividly the blazing performances of the orchestra's leader Gordan Nikolitch and principal cellist Tim Hugh in the double concerto. A rapturous account of the second symphony rounds off a disc fully worthy of launching the orchestra's centenary year' The Observer, Symphony No 2 & Double Concerto

'enchanting ... The sense we have here is of a musician re-discovering a piece he once loved and mistakenly thought he knew' Gramophone, Symphony No 3 & Serenade No 2

'the crowning glory of Bernard Haitink's Brahms cycle' BBC Radio 3 CD Review, Symphony No 4

'a glorious rendition ... It is also the last in Haitink's Brahms cycle for the orchestra's label, LSO Live, exceeding even the standards of it's predecessors in its slowly building tension, superb string sheen and breathtaking climax' The Observer, Symphony No 4

'this is the crowning instalment in a series ... This ranks with such classic Fourths as Kleiber's, Karajan's and Toscanini's' Hi-Fi News, Symphony No 4


Bernard Haitink conductor
Gordan Nikolitch

Tim Hugh cello
London Symphony Orchestra 

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

Symphony No 1 & Serenade No 2 recorded May 2003, Barbican, London
Symphony No 2, Double Concerto & Tragic Overture recorded  May 2003, Barbican, London
Symphony No 3 recorded June 2004, Barbican, London
Symphony No 4 recorded June 2004, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recordings

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch

Catalogue number - LSO0070
UPC - 822231107026

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