Brahms: Symphonies 1-4

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>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times
There is an unusually cogent feel to this cycle...they represent a kind of mainstream Brahms, utterly devoid of mannerism and interpretational quirks, with a fine central European orchestra playing at the top of its game...RCA/Sony's lavish presentation is a luxury item encasing deluxe performances.

The Guardian
All the clarity and technical finesse that made their Mahler performances so refreshing are evident in these performances; there's no doubt the orchestra really has risen up the international pecking order under Zinman's direction.

Financial Times
Zinman's Brahms, again with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra but this time recorded live, makes fewer nods to period style than his Beethoven. It's a warm, genial Brahms, as one might expect of a septuagenarian who describes the symphonies as "a perfect blending of spontaneity and intellect".

BBC Music Magazine
These are splendid performances, passionately felt and never losing sight of the architecture. The orchestra under David Zinman is on top form. I like his choice of tempos - alert and dynamic throughout the fast movements, never too slumberous in the slow.

Classic FM Magazine
The orchestra's playing for Zinman...impressively renews the time-honoured Austro-German tradition of Karajan and Klemperer...No non-vibrato, period-instrument revisionism here! Instead there's a firm-toned, glowing power which, in the passages like the great horn-tune in the First Symphony's finale, is seriously enthralling...As close to a definitive set of these masterworks as you'll find - and in fabulous modern recorded sound.

Gramophone Magazine
Conductor and orchestra rise to greatness in the Fourth Symphony. Elsewhere, they provide the kind of trenchant, well-grounded Brahms performances which have been common currency in Middle Europe since the composer's own time...Zinman is meticulous in his observation of Brahms's dynamic markings. This makes for some interesting articulation but it can also dislocate the line and disrupt the pulse...[in the Fourth] Zinman takes a less pedantic view of the markings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (04/14/2010-04/15/2010).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Notes: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (04/14/2010-04/15/2010)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Notes: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (04/14/2010-04/15/2010)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Notes: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (04/14/2010-04/15/2010)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Notes: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (04/14/2010-04/15/2010)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885
  • Studio/Live: Live