Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
The glory of this disc is Brahms 1 - an Andante of unalloyed bliss.

Gramophone Magazine
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 (Schumann Symphony No. 1)
Krips's smiling, companionable approach is so sympathetic.

Gramophone Magazine (Brahms 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. 4)
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.


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