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Brahms: The Four Symphonies / Dohnanyi - Philharmonia Orchestra

Audio Samples

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

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall's Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia Orchestra are led by Christoph von Dohnányi in these captivating live recordings of Brahms' Four Symphonies. This is a box set for SIGCD132 Brahms Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 4 and SIGCD250 Brahms Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 3. ".... these live performances are about subtle shading and unexaggerated, probing thoughtfulness, bringing out the classical rather than the romantic side of Brahms." -Classic FM magazine

".... a very sensitive interpreter ... the slow movement [of the first symphony] is very lyrical with some effective instrumental dovetailing and plenty of light and shade, and the finale generates an impressive sense of joyous release." -Gramophone Magazine

The Philharmonia Orchestra is widely recognized as the UK's finest orchestra with an impressive recording legacy. Christoph von Dohnanyi has been principle conductor of the Philharmonia since 1997 and was appointed Honorary Conductor for life in 2008.

Classic FM Magazine
Christoph von Dohnanyi is a conductor who seems to work in black and white rather than in colour. True to form, these live performances are about subtle shading and unexaggerated, probing thoughtfulness, bringing out the Classical rather than the Romantic side of Brahms.

Daily Mail, London
This specially priced set completes the live Brahms symphony cycle by the veteran conductor Christoph von Dohnányi. The Philharmonia is in excellent form for him, providing warm, solid virtuosity. Dohnányi gives us the classic central European view of Brahms, full-toned and never rushed, yet with inexorable forward movement.

HBDirect.com - Paul Ballyk, May 2012
There are particular places on your CD shelves that can accommodate the addition of new versions of works from time to time, which is certainly true in the case of the Brahms Symphonies. It's especially true if you are considering this new Signum UK box. These gorgeous performances were made live in concert by Christoph von Dohnányi and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The orchestra is in exceptional form, providing warmth and virtuosity, vividly captured by the recording team at Signum. Dohnányi's richly textured, yet measured and unexaggerated approach display roots in Beethoven without sacrificing any of Brahms' Romantisism. It's an approach that yields great rewards, and if there is any room in the "B" section of your shelves, you would do very well to fit in this exceptional set.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London; Southba.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 44 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 39 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 44 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

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