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Brahms: Symphony No 4; Choruses A Cappella, Op. 74/1, 109-10


Release Date: 08/03/1998 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 455510   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraLeipzig Radio Men's Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Length:  1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Herbert Blomstedt’s account of the Fourth Symphony, his first recording since his appointment to the Leipzig Gewandhaus, is impressive. It is very much of the old school; warm, relaxed and humane. Yet there is a splendid grip and a compelling sense of narrative and momentum. It seems to me to hold Classical poise and Romantic intensity in an almost ideal balance. Every phrase means something but is never invested with excessive feeling, and the final passacaglia has all the power and concentration you could ask for. It is one of the most carefully thought out, yet spontaneous seeming versions to have reached the catalogue for quite a while. The various a cappella motets make an unusual and welcome bonus and are very well sung and Read more expertly balanced. The recorded sound in the symphony, while not perhaps state-of-the-art (there is some glassiness in the upper strings), is still very good."

-- Robert Layton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 
2. Motets (2), Op. 74: no 1, Warum ist das Licht gegeben by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Men's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 
3. Fest und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Men's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1889; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 
4. Motets (3), Op. 110 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Men's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 

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