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Brahms: Symphonies No 1-4 / Antal Dorati


Release Date: 11/19/1996 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434380   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraMinneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Other recordings of Brahms’s symphonies are certainly more perfect, more detailed, more profound even, but few match the raw exhilaration of these Dorati performances. No. 2 is the odd man out, played by the Minneapolis SO rather than the LSO, and is the only case where accuracy may have been sacrificed in the cause of élan. Even so, the breathless urgency of these totally involving performances commands admiration.

-- Christopher Wood, BBC Music Magazine
Other recordings of Brahms’s symphonies are certainly more perfect, more detailed, more profound even, but few match the raw exhilaration of these Dorati performances. No. 2 is the odd man out, played by the Minneapolis SO rather than the LSO, and is the only case where accuracy may have been sacrificed in the cause of élan. Even so, the breathless urgency of these totally involving performances commands admiration.

-- Christopher Wood, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1957 
3.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1963 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1963 

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