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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Valery Gergiev, London SO

Album Summary

>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:

With this release, Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra bring to a close their acclaimed Brahms cycle. Brahms is often associated with the idea of abstract music, free of programmatic content. However, the Symphony No.3 is in many ways his most personal symphony. Brahms was a fifty-year-old bachelor who declared himself to be Frei aber froh, "Free but Happy." A motto comprising the notes F - A - F can be heard throughout the work. His Symphony No.4, composed at a mountain retreat in 1884, employs sophisticated Baroque contrapuntal and harmonic techniques and modal harmonies.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Brahms and Gergiev could hardly be described as natural bedfellows but there were moments in the Third Symphony where the illicitness of unnatural bedfellows generated a certain frisson.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
In the lyrical middle movements of the Third he adjusts tempo and insists on soft dynamics for expressive power. All of this gives us lots of excitement. In the Fourth Gergiev hems and haws through the first movement. It's nicely expressive. All in all the Fourth fares better than the Third, though both are distinctive and interesting. They are exciting and far from routine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (12/2012).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (12/11/2012/12/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Barbican, London (12/12/2012/12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885
  • Studio/Live: Live