Brahms - Symphony No.4, Hungarian Dances | Channel Classics CCSSA35315

Brahms - Symphony No.4, Hungarian Dances


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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSSA35315

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th October 2015



Budapest Festival Orchestra


Ivan Fischer


Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.3 in F major
» no.7 in A major
» no.11 in D minor
Symphony no.4 in E minor, op.98


Instrumental folk music from the region of Sic (original melody used by Brahms in his 3rd Hungarian Dance)


Budapest Festival Orchestra


Ivan Fischer


What a wonderful start: a fragmented melody like a hovering leaf blown up and down by the wind. Never has tenderness been composed more movingly. And what a magnificant ending of the same movement: extreme tenderness is matched by extreme drama which grows and grows to gigantic expression. Brahms is not restrained anymore in his last symphony. After the fun and vitality of the third movement the final passacaglia is much more than a sequence of variations. We experience a huge range of dark emotions: from the lonely lamentation of the flute to the defiant, tragic ending. There is no room for the usual jubilation or the usual modulation to a major key. Brahms finishes his symphonic work with prophetic foreboding heralding Spengler's Der Untergang des Abendlandes (The Decline of the West).” - Ivan Fischer

Iván Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This partnership has become one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics, have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

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