Brahms Symphony no. 4

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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 What a wonderful start: a fragmented melody like a hovering leaf blown up and down by the wind. Never has tenderness been composed more movingly. And what a magnificant ending of the same movement: extreme tenderness is matched by extreme drama which grows and grows to gigantic expression. Brahms is not restrained anymore in his last symphony.
After the fun and vitality of the third movement the final passacaglia is much more than a sequence of variations. We experience a huge range of dark emotions: from the lonely lamentation of the flute to the defiant, tragic ending. There is no room for the usual jubilation or the usual modulation to a major key. Brahms finishes his symphonic work with prophetic foreboding heralding Spengler’s Der Untergang des Abendlandes (The Decline of the West).
Iván Fischer

‘When we played the Hungarian Dance no. 3 by Brahms I realised that I usually play this music, or its direct source, as the repertoire of a particular region of Transylvania known as Szék/Sic* csárdás. Szék/Sic is a Hungarian village in Transylvania; the csárdás, typical of this region, is played in the middle of a lengthy dancing scheme or suite lasting up to 40-50 minutes, besides various other csárdás melodies. Even today the people of Szék/Sic enjoy listening to this music during holidays and weekend gatherings; it consists mainly of folk songs, and the villagers like to sing along to them.’
István Kádár, violin

*‘Szék’ is the Hungarian and ‘Sic’ is the Rumanian name of the village.

Tracklist

1.
Allegro non troppo
13:07
2.
Andante moderato
11:08
3.
Allegretto giocoso
06:24
4.
Allegro energico e passionato
10:29
5.
Hungarian dances: no. 11 in D minor
04:00
6.
Instrumental folk music from the region of Sic
01:22
7.
Hungarian dances no. 3 in F minor
02:21
8.
Hungarian dances no. 7 in A minor
01:55

Total time: 00:50:46

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van den Hul

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Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond,

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made

Producer

Hein Dekker

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks, Hein Dekker

Recording location

Budapest Hungary

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

35315

Release Date October 10, 2015
SKU 35315

Press reviews

Klassik.com

(…) Hier begegnet einem maximale Klarheit auf allen Ebenen: interpretatorisch,
intonatorisch und tontechnisch. Selbst die sperrig instrumentierten ‚polternden‘
Passagen in der Kopfsatzdurchführung erklingen hier so ausbalanciert, dass alle
Sperrigkeit sich in Wohlgefallen auflöst.

Luister

Zelden heb ik de drie eerste delen zo mooi licht en onbezorgd gehoord. (…)

Opus Klassiek

(…) schitterend orkestspel, een uiterst doorzichtig klankbeeld (…)

BBC Music Magazine

(…) Intimacy on a grand scale (…) This is an orchestra whose players listen to each other intently. (…) Iván Fischer keeps the larger picture in focus.

Het Parool

(…) Het zit hem in de dynamiek van de tussen stemmen waardoor alles een nieuw aanzicht krijgt. Dat houdt Fischer de hele symfonie vol. (…) En wat spelen de musici prachtig. (…) Dan de Hongaarse dansen nr. 11, 3 en 8, nog nooit zo Hongaars en met zo’n onnavolgbare subtiliteit horen spelen.

De Gelderlander

Iván Fischer en zijn Budapest Festival Orchestra zijn geknipt voor het romantisch repertoire. Al jaren. Hun vertolking van Brahms’ Vierde symfonie klinkt soepel, to the point en vooral heel gepassioneerd. (…)

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