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Brahms: The Four Symphonies / Andrew Manze

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  1. Brahms — Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
  2. Brahms — Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Brahms — Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Brahms — Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
  5. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations": Theme: Chorale St. Antoni: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Brahms — Variation 1: Andante con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Brahms — Variation 2: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Brahms — Variation 3: Con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Brahms — Variation 4: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Brahms — Variation 5: Poco presto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Brahms — Variation 6: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Brahms — Variation 7: Grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Brahms — Variation 8: Poco presto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Brahms — Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations": Finale: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Brahms — Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: I. Allegro non troppo
  16. Brahms — Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Brahms — Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: IV. Allegro con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Brahms — Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  19. Brahms — Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  20. Brahms — Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 : I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
  21. Brahms — Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 : II. Andante
  22. Brahms — Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 : III. Poco allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Brahms — Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 : IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Brahms — Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
  25. Brahms — Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
  26. Brahms — Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Brahms — Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
>Brahms, Johannes : Tragic Overture, Op. 81
>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Driven by a great musical enthusiasm beginning with the baroque and continuing through to today's music, Conductor Andrew Manze commands an astonishing repertoire and an extraordinary communicative talent that has enabled him to make many friends in orchestras as well as with the public. He received the prestigious Rolf Schock Prize in Stockholm in 2011, an honor bestowed on musicians of the rank of György Ligeti, Maurizio Kagel, Kaija Saariaho, Jorma Panula, Gidon Kremer, and Anne Sofie von Otter before him. This recording of Sweden's Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra contains previously unheard interpretations of the Brahms symphonies.

The Observer
You don't often find freshness and innovation in performances of the Brahms symphonies, but Manze's take is wholly individual: they burst with life, by turns wistful, yearning, sharp-edged and blisteringly incisive...Manze's vision provides more than an "early music" approach to Brahms: this is the composer reinvented for the 21st century.

Gramophone Magazine
These Brahms performances...suggest that Manze has brought an added subtlety and beauty to the orchestra's string-playing...The Haydn Variations and the Academic Festival Overture are both finely done. Elsewhere what we have is work in progress, not only for the orchestra...but also for Manze himself. Awash with insights and excitements though his readings are, he has yet to bring these within the fold of a settled vision.

BBC Music Magazine
This proves a release of distinctive character and many rewards...Although Manze has come from the 'period performance' movement, there is absolutely nothing pedantic in the readings he secures from his modern-instrument players...There are many instances of fresh thinking in his approach - and of fresh feeling.

Classical Music
With swift, flowing tempi and minimal vibrato, Manze's Brahms is lithe, clear and bold. His pulse within movements will be too flexible for some tastes, but much is organic-sounding and he is generally convincing.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
I know this seems like a long review for a recording that many of our readers will pass over in favor of the major orchestras and conductors. I will not blame you for doing that. I know the feeling. But this is a beautiful recording with some different ideas, and it has helped me see some parts of these symphonies in a new light. I don't particularly want to praise anything done by someone who spent years in the enemy (HIP) camp, but this is not a crackpot, like most of those people. This man clearly loves the music and presents it in a salubrious manner.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsingborg Concert Hall (2009-2010).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 44 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880-1881

>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 36 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1883

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 40 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885