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Brahms: The Symphonies

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
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Raiskin places great emphasis on transparency in his interpretations. Rather than simply bathing the listener in pleasant sounds, he releases the full potential of a piece by revealing its structure, detail, layers and subtext, finding the balance of sound and energy as he encourages the players to communicate with each other and tell a story through the music. All this and more can be found on this exciting live recording with refreshing interpretation of the complete Symphonies by Brahms.

American Record Guide
Raiskin directs an able set of Brahms's symphonies at a budget price, the three discs selling for roughly the price of one... His interpretations are largescale and forceful... Raiskin conceives of the symphonies as a continuous set... He integrates the details properly... The sound is excellent... The buyer who picks this one won't suffer remorse.

Gramophone
This is classically minded Brahms, the long-gestated First Symphony spry rather than burdened. Listening to these performances with Raiskin's judiciously sized Rheinische Philharmonie, I am reminded of Yehudi Menuhin's remark about 'the quiet spaces in Brahms's music' and its relationship to a distinctive northern clime. 'It is no accident,' he wrote, 'that the people of Hamburg and Bremen understand Brahms as no other public does.' Raiskin's performances fill those quiet spaces. The inner movements of the Third Symphony are especially fine. Like the late Carlo Maria Giulini, he began his professional career as a viola player, and it shows, both here and in a pleasingly contoured account of the Second Symphony.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
  • Ensemble: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
  • Running Time: 45 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
  • Ensemble: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
  • Notes: Groáes Festspielhaus, Salzburg (09/27/2007-09/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
  • Ensemble: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
  • Running Time: 36 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
  • Ensemble: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
  • Running Time: 40 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885
  • Studio/Live: Live