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Brahms: Symphony No 4, Etc / Szell, Cleveland Orchestra

Release Date: 04/05/1991 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 46330   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro giocoso; Poco meno presto
IV. Allegro energico e passionato; Piu allegro
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Classical Brahms Fourth June 23, 2015 By owen  r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "I recently ran across Henry S's review of this disc leading me to replay my collection of Fourths. As always I agree with Mr S's comments. This is a classical performance in every regard. It is known that Brahms could be petty and mean in his dealings with lesser individuals. Szell was a tyrant on the podium and could be mean tempered and abusive in his dealings with the orchestra. Could this account for Szell's affinity for Brahms? Probably not a case of shared musical DNA since Szell always gave a great performance. The remastered audio on this disc is quite good, belying its '60's origin. Columbia's typical close miking of that period is not too noticeable except for the in-your-face pizzicato. In summary, a wonderful recording at a low price. One of my favorite 4th's is out of production: Amadis 7027, Michael Halasz/Slovak Phil. naxos' remaining stock available as cut-outs on line for $1.99." Report Abuse
 Like An Old Close Friend! April 9, 2015 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I readily admit that I have a pro-Brahms bias. Perhaps this originates from my admiration for Brahms' rigor and serious approach to composing symphonic works; perhaps it is due to his astonishing fusion of many emotional nuances and orchestral colors to produce such satisfying results. Whatever the reason, Brahms' four great symphonies always seem to stand out from the crowd, and in my mind can always be relied on to provide aesthetically uplifting listening experiences. This magnificent recording of the 4th Symphony with George Szell and his superb Cleveland Orchestra really seems to validate my point. There is hardly a bar or measure in this symphony that I do not recognize; nevertheless, listening to this recording is like getting together with an old and close friend and then discovering there is something new, fresh, and noteworthy in one's relationship. Szell's Cleveland Orchestra plays brilliantly, with its famed precision and razor sharp attacks clearly evident throughout the symphony and the two accompanying overtures. I found Sony's re-mastering work to be flawless, making this older analog recording sound just as fresh as any modern digital effort. Dozens, if not hundreds, of high quality recordings of Brahms' 4th Symphony are available. Nevertheless, I submit there is always room in one's collection for supreme interpretations from classical music's golden era of recording, which for me is the pre-digital, analog 1960's and 1970's. George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra fall squarely into this category, and I'm betting you'll agree with me if you try this great recording. Recommended." Report Abuse
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