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Brahms: 4 Symphonien

Brahms: 4 Symphonien

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by Claudio Abbado

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  1. Academic Festival Overture, for orchestra in C minor ("Akademische Festouvertüre"), Op. 80
  2. Gesang der Parzen ("Es fürchte die Götter"), for chorus & orchestra ("Song of the fates"), Op. 89: "Es furche die Gotter das Menschengeschlecht! Maes
  3. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  4. Alto Rhapsody, for alto, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 53
  5. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
  6. Tragic Overture, in D minor, Op. 81
  7. Hyperions Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) for chorus and orchestra, Op. 54: "Ihr wandelt droben im Licht" Langsam und sehnsuch
  8. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
  9. Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra in B flat major (St. Anthony Variations), Op. 56a
  10. Nänie ("Auch das Schöne muss sterben"), for chorus, orchestra & harp ad lib, Op. 82: "Auch das Schone muss sterben" Andante
  11. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

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Brahms: 4 Symphonies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Musicmeister More than 1 year ago
Brahms Four Symphonies are amongst the greatest symphonies ever written, and these performances by Abbado are glorious examples of them in excellent digital sound. I have never grown tired of listening to Brahms' warm, melodic and often beautifully dramatic symphonies, and I personally own complete sets by Barbirolli on Angel, Walter on CBS/SONY, Mackerras' Digital set on Telarc, several complete performances by Karajan on DGG including a Digital Cycle, Dorati on Mercury, Klemplerer on EMI, Jochum on EMI, as well as single CD's of other great conductors. All of these performances and interpretations mentioned are excellent, but so enamored have I been of these symphonies that I recently purchased Symphony #1 by Abbado which also contained the Song of Fates (Goethe) as a fillup. What I experienced was a great performance, the equal of the other performances above, but with the clearest digital sound I had ever heard with these large symphonic works. Here one can appreciate simultaneously `the forest and the trees' of these great works, and the warmth and depth is in abundance as well. I then went out and purchased the complete set. These Brahms Symphonies by Abbado are likely to be considered the most satisfying performances ever recorded: great performances and the most transparent sound. The complete Abbado set is at midprice (individual issues at Full Price), but contains 4 CD's, including a host of Overtures and Choral pieces by Brahms, beautifully done.