Symphony No. 4 in E minor & Hungarian Dances

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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The brotherhood of writers likes to get hold of a slogan in order to effectively and boldly describe a composer and his oeuvre. However, such an abbreviated description is not without danger, if not followed by subtle arguments for the choice of the words. Nevertheless, please permit the undersigned also to mention a catchy phrase in the case of Johannes Brahms, which concentrates the mind on the essential. Therefore, should one wish to label Brahms as a composer, then it would most certainly not bear the inscription of a “symphonic” or “Lied” composer, but – if the word existed – of a “variationalistic” composer. After all, the main purpose of Brahms’ life as a composer was the constant transformation of the musical material at hand, the re-examination of traditional elements and forms. And also during the course of his four contributions to the symphonic genre, which indeed caused him such great problems at first, the variation model was ceded an increasingly important role.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 4 - Allegro non troppo
12:36
2.
Symphony No. 4 - Andante moderato
11:11
3.
Symphony No. 4 - Allegro giocoso
06:25
4.
Symphony No. 4 - Allegro energico e passionato
09:58
5.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 1 in G Minor - Allegro molto
03:04
6.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 3 in F Major - Allegretto
02:16
7.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 10 in F Major - Presto
01:44
8.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 17 in F-sharp Minor - Andantino
02:45
9.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 18 in D Major - Molto vivace
01:24
10.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 19 in B Minor - Allegretto
01:48
11.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 20 in E Minor - Poco Allegretto
02:09
12.
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra - No. 21 in E Minor - Vivace
01:35

Total time: 00:56:55

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PTC5186309

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Meitner EMM Labs

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Everett Porter

Recording location

Heinz Hall Pittsburgh

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date July 17, 2015

Press reviews

Classics Today 5 out of 5

Marek Janowski concludes his superb Brahms cycle with this unquestionably great performance of the Fourth Symphony. Everything about it is memorable, stylish, and characterful. The first movement opens at a perfect tempo, and if you don’t thrill to the way the strings bloom lushly in their answer to the woodwinds’ initial phrase at the start of the second subject, then you may need medical attention.

The orchestra’s glorious horn section really comes into its own in the scherzo, but then, this is truly great Brahms playing–warm, idiomatic, perfectly balanced, and rhythmically true, just like the conducting. Superbly realistic engineering in all formats provides the icing on the cake.

Artistic Quality: 10, Sound Quality: 10.

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