Notes and Editorial Reviews
These live performances have a real sense of occasion, reinforced by the audience’s enthusiastic applause, though according to the booklet details they were not part of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival but recorded at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo... There’s some excellent playing from the Festival Orchestra... [I]n the Fourth Symphony [Eschenbach]...introduc[es] speed-ups, rallentandos and even dramatic luftpause (hiatuses) that would not have been out of place 100 years ago... The inner movements are less capricious, with some wonderful string-playing in the Andante moderato... The Haydn Variations is...an admirably controlled reading, with some beautiful woodwind playing from the enunciation of the theme onwards; and the Hungarian Dance No.
5, evidently given as an encore, tears away straight out of the audience applause with tremendous verve and Schwung...
-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Written: 1884-1885; Austria
Length: 40 Minutes 59 Secs.
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