BRAHMS 4 Symphonies / Thielemann

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JOHANNES BRAHMS

4 Symphonies

Tragic Overture
Academic Festival Overture

DVD:
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 + 2
Violin Concerto
Maurizio Pollini · Lisa Batiashvili
Staatskapelle Dresden
Christian Thielemann
Int. Release 08 Sep. 2014
3 CDs + 1 DVD
0289 479 2787 74 3 CDs + DVD DDD GH4


Track List

CD 1: Brahms: Symphony No.1; Tragic Overture

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Symphony No.1 in C Minor, Op.68

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Total Playing Time 59:22

CD 2: Brahms: Symphony No.2; Academic Festival Overture

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.73

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Total Playing Time 56:05

CD 3: Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Symphony No.3 in F Major, Op.90

2.
8:58

4.
9:10

Symphony No.4 in E Minor, Op.98

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Total Playing Time 1:18:28

DVD 4: Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Violin Concerto

1.
0:55

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15

3.
12:45

5.
1:39

6.
2:16

7.
1:14

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83

12.
2:10

13.
1:58

Maurizio Pollini, Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

14.
1:22

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77

1. Allegro non troppo

16.
9:26

18.
1:52

19.
1:46

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Total Playing Time 2:26:58

This Brahms set is exceptional value . . . [Thielemann] draws warmly flexible playing from his orchestra, and never fails to drive home the big climaxes . . . these excellent performances [give pleasure] . . .




There is Thielemann's Brahms in a nutshell. Not for him the score's contrast between the Allegro non troppo and animato sections but a seamless progress between the two while making a personal drama from dynamic subtleties and legato or separated articulation. This rounded approach pays dividends in the Second . . . The finale is an object demonstration both of the "archaic violence" he believes is proper to Brahms, and of his determination to voice every part, let nothing become passagework or accompaniment. For the same reasons, the "Tragic Overture" is the highlight of the CD set, driven forwards with unrelenting energy and an unremitting vision of its goal . . . As ever he looks for light in the texture, and behind the notes. In Dresden he has the ideal orchestra to help him find it.

Bold design, bold performances, bold everything. Thielemann is easily the match of these legendary symphonies and turns in a reliable set.

Another nicely packaged, reasonably priced Brahms box hits the shelves . . . these are extremely enjoyable, cogent readings . . . a glorious sound . . . Thielemann's unapologetically retro style brings many pleasures . . . Thielemann is especially good at exploring Brahms's darker ruminations . . . Thielemann's brooding account of no 4 is among the best recent recordings . . . The overtures are enjoyable, particularly the "Academic Festival", and Maurizio Pollini gives us powerful accounts of the two very different piano concertos, the D minor work especially successful. Lisa Batiashvili's Violin Concerto is muscular and assertive, complete with the rarely-heard Busoni cadenza. A winner.

. . . transparent und fein strukturiert . . . Mit dem samtigen, etwas dunklen Klang der Staatskapelle und mit ihrer weichen Ansprache kommt ein dem Romantiker Brahms sehr angemessenes Klangbild zustande, das aber dennoch an Klarheit kaum Wünsche offenlässt . . . [Violin Concerto]: [das Zusammenspiel von Staatskapelle und Batiashvili lässt] keine Wünsche offen.