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Brahms: Symphonies No 1-4, Etc / Haitink, London So


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 70   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Timothy HughGordan Nikolic
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Specially Priced 4 disc set

Fanfare Review of Symphony No 3
"I must say that I really like Haitink’s way with the Third Symphony, and I’m very impressed with this performance. He even takes the first movement repeat, for which I am grateful. To my ear, the brass and wind sections are still the stars of this orchestra. The strings, though very good, are more half-and-half than they are heavy cream. But that could just be an anomaly of the hall acoustics. This is not a symphony I like hearing played on the fast side, so Haitink’s moderate tempos strike me as just right. I also feel that he understands and gets at the darker underside of this work, which is not happy in spite of the F-A-F pretense.
Read more Remember, the Third is the anti-thesis to the Second’s thesis, which is truly positive and optimistic. Haitink brings out a sadness in the Third that I’ve rarely heard, and that I believe is quite appropriate. This is a tricky work to bring off, and I think Haitink and the LSO have done right by it. Highly recommended."
Jerry Dubins, FANFARE

ClassicsToday revew of Symphony 2
This new LSO Live release is the first installment in a projected Brahms Symphony cycle, making it the third such undertaking by Bernard Haitink on disc. As with his earlier recordings with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Boston Symphony (both on Philips), Haitink's sense of color and emphasis on melodic line make much of the Second Symphony's melting lyricism and lush orchestration. However, his approach to the sunny first movement has mellowed over the years, as there is noticeably less propulsion and spontaneity than in his free-flowing Concertgebouw reading--although he maintains the same level of conviction and structural grasp. The second movement benefits from Haitink's latter-day penchant for rich, full sonorities, and after a daintily rendered scherzo, the finale surprises with its vibrant athleticism. Here the orchestra, which has been playing handsomely throughout, suddenly takes on new life and edge as it races joyously through to the great closing trombone blast."
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com

Reviews of Symphony No 4
‘the crowning glory of Bernard Haitink's Brahms cycle’
BBC Radio 3 CD Review, 12 February 2005
‘a glorious rendition … It is also the last in Haitink's Brahms cycle for the orchestra's label, LSO Live, exceeding even the standards of it's predecessors in its slowly building tension, superb string sheen and breathtaking climax’
The Observer (UK), 6 March 2005
Artistique 10 Technique 10
ClassicsTodayFrance.com, February 2005
‘this is the crowning instalment in a series … This ranks with such classic Fourths as Kleiber's, Karajan's and Toscanini's’
Hi-Fi News, April 2005
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 
3.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 
5.
Serenade no 2 in A major, Op. 16 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 
6.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 
7.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Timothy Hugh (Cello), Gordan Nikolic (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2003 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 

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