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Bernstein Century - Brahms: Symphony No 4, Overtures


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61846   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When the fourth and last symphony of quintessential romantic composer Johannes Brahms premiered in Meiningen, Germany on October 25, 1885, E minor was considered an "inappropriate" key for a symphony to be written in. Not only was the key odd, but the fact that the depressing work ended tragically with no uplifting, major cadence at the end made the work completely abstract and unacceptable.
Over 100 years after the premiere of Brahms's Symphony No. 4, the work has become one of his most endearing compositions that has helped to secure his formidable reputation. On this recording, Leonard Bernstein leads the New York Philharmonic in a moving rendition of this inventive symphony.
During the fast sections, Bernstein represents the
Read more composer's dramatic tendencies, and throughout the slow movements he extracts a passion from the strings that makes listeners want to hold on to their seats to soften the blow of the intensity. Throughout the entire symphony, Bernstein manages to produce a level of artistry and drama that yields a suitable representation of Brahms's swan song. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1962 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 40 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/07/1963 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/01/1964 
Venue:  Mahattan Center, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fine remastered Bernstein January 28, 2013 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "Bernstein's New York performances of Brahms' orchestral works were full of enthusiasm and deep understanding, expertly plaayed with few eccentricities. Sony's remastering has made these recordings very acceptable for modern listening. On this disk the Fourth Symphony is given a powerful reading, along with the Tragic Overture. The Academic Festival benefits from the strength of the NYPO woodwind playing, enhancing the color of Brahms' orchestration. And, it's interesting to compare Sernstein's Brahms in NY from the early 1960s with his performances with the Weiner Philharmoniker decades later." Report Abuse
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