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Brahms: Symphony No 4, Haydn Variations, Hungarian Dance No 5 / Eschenbach


Release Date: 06/09/2009 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98593   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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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. Read more 5, evidently given as an encore, tears away straight out of the audience applause with tremendous verve and Schwung...

-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Length: 40 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Length: 18 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations"
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1: No. 5 in F minor

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