Brahms - Symphonies Nos 3 & 4
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0737
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th August 2014
ArtistsLondon Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra bring to a close their celebrated Brahms cycle with the release of Brahms' third and fourth Symphonies.
Brahms is often associated with the idea of abstract music, free of literary models or autobiography, but with the Third Symphony the composer wrote in many ways his most personal symphony.
Composed at a mountain retreat in 1884, about a year after completing the third, Brahms’ architectural musical skill is nowhere more evident than in his Fourth and final symphony, employing Baroque contrapuntal techniques and chromatic labyrinths and described by Hans von Bülow as having the feeling of ‘being given a beating by two incredibly intelligent people’'
"Brahms is another composer that needs a fine balancing act between restraint and passion, and the Symphony no.4 is the most perfect example of this duality in his orchestral music. If performed as it was by the Gergiev and the LSO, it sounded strangely reminiscent of Wagner or Bruckner, but with many fewer of the former’s longueurs or the obsessive 'logic' of the latter. It certainly put paid to Britten’s insistence that Brahms’ music was 'dull', 'stolid, 'pretentious'. There was not, as you might be forgiven for expecting, a touch of Tchaikovsky or even a Russian accent." - Bachtrack.com
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