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Brahms: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4

LSO0737 SACD

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Valery Gergiev conductor

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra bring to a close their celebrated Brahms’ cycle with the release of Brahms Symphonies No 3 and 4.

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.’

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Reviews

CD Reviews 

‘When passion and logical forms collide he (Gergiev) inevitably rises to the occasion.’ Audiophile Audition

Concert Reviews

‘Brahms is another composer that needs a fine balancing act between restraint and passion, and the Symphony no. 4 is the most perfect example of this duality in his orchestral music. If performed as it was by the Gergiev and the LSO, it sounded strangely reminiscent of Wagner or Bruckner, but with many fewer of the former’s longueurs or the obsessive “logic” of the latter. It certainly put paid to Britten’s insistence that Brahms’ music was “dull”, “stolid”, “pretentious”. There was not, as you might be forgiven for expecting, a touch of
Tchaikovsky or even a Russian accent.’ Bachtrack.com

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

SACD/digital LSO0737 (822231173724)

James Mallinson, producer

Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd, engineering, mixing & mastering.

Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, editing

DSD recording, live at the Barbican, Symphony 3 11 & 18th December 2012, Symphony 4 12 & 19 December 2012 

2.0 Stereo and multi-channel 5.0
Total playing time 76m

Jewel case with clear tray. 16pp booklet. Notes in English, French and German. 

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