Brahms- Symphonies Nos 3 & 4

London Symphony Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Like their two predecessors, Brahms’s third and fourth symphonies appeared within only a year or so of each other: No 3 in 1883, and No 4 in 1884 (movements 1, 2) and 1885 (movements 3, 4). And though this is within only a decade of the premiere of the first symphony, they represent an entirely new stage of maturity, obviously written to more precise compositional goals: in the case of No 4, the application of formal variation principles throughout a symphony; in No 3, the symphonic application of a motto theme with the distinctiveness of a Leitmotiv. 
Although no lengthy history comparable with that of the First Symphony is known for No 4, it seems reasonably clear that the concept of the finale pre-dated the rest of the work, and that the preceding three movements were written to complement it and lead to it. The important Berlin choral conductor Siegfried Ochs recalls in his autobiography a meeting at which he was present with the composer and the great orchestral conductor Hans von Bu?low (who had become Brahms’s supporter by the 1880s having turned away from Wagner), at which Brahms had proposed a symphonic movement on the ground bass melody of the last section of Bach’s Cantata 150 ‘Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich’.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- i. Allegro con brio
13:48
2.
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- ii. Andante
09:07
3.
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- iii. Poco allegretto
06:00
4.
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- iv. Allegro
09:11
5.
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- i. Allegro non troppo
12:29
6.
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- ii. Andante moderato
11:08
7.
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- iii. Allegro giocoso
06:00
8.
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- iv. Allegro energico e passionato
09:32

Total time: 01:17:15

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Mastering Engineer

Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes

Producer

James Mallinson

Recording Engineer

Classic Sound Ltd. Jonathan Stokes

Recording location

Barbican London

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

SKU

LSO0737

Release Date October 10, 2014
SKU LSO0737

Press reviews

Fanfare

The total package is quite seductive; in fact, both of these are among my favourite recordings of the Brahms symphonies.

Gramophone

This pairing of Brahms’s Third and Fourth conducted by Gergiev is a great example of how a recording can have both focus and a live ambience.

Classical CD Choice

Gergiev’s powerful performance of the Brahms 3rd Symphony is quite impressive with some notably fine wind and brass playing throughout from the LSO and his division of violins antiphonally helps to keep the textures of Brahms’s more densely scored passages clear.

Audiophile Audition

When passion and logical forms collide he (Gergiev) inevitably rises to the occasion.

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