Philharmonia Orchestra

The Four Symphonies

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212025529
Catnr: SIGCD 255
Release date: 20 February 2012
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Signum Classics
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0635212025529
Catalogue number
SIGCD 255
Release date
20 February 2012
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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.

".... 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

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

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the 'Three Bs' of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.   Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become...
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.
Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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01.
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68:: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
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Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68:: II. Andante sostenuto
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Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68:: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
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Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68:: IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)Adagio ? Piu? andante ? Allegro non troppo ma con brio
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Symphony No.2 in D major Op.73:: I. Andante
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Symphony No.2 in D major Op.73:: II. Adagio
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Symphony No.2 in D major Op.73:: III. Scherzo
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Symphony No.2 in D major Op.73:: IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
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Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90:: I. Allegro con brio
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Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90:: II. Andante
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Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90:: III. Poco Allegretto
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Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90:: IV. Allegro
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Symphony No.4 in E minor Op.98:: I. Allegro non troppo
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Symphony No.4 in E minor Op.98:: II. Andante Moderato
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Symphony No.4 in E minor Op.98:: III. Scherzo
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Symphony No.4 in E minor Op.98:: IV. Finale: Passacaglia
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