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Brahms: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Daniel Harding, Et Al


Release Date: 01/08/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45480   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen uses modern instruments, but with a maximum of 50 players for this disc it approximates to the kind of small orchestra that sometimes played the Brahms symphonies when they first appeared – notably the Meiningen court orchestra on which both these scores were first tried out, and which introduced Symphony No. 4 on a German tour jointly conducted by Brahms and von Bülow. (We should resist, however, the idea that Brahms wanted small orchestras: he trusted the Meiningen players with premieres because he was confident of their musicianship.) Certainly these readings are often unusually intimate, without necessarily sounding small-scale. The textural clarity imparts a chamber-music feel, and the Read more lean, wiry sound suits many of the fast contrapuntal passages in the two finales and No. 4’s scherzo. On the other hand Harding imparts an admirable surge to the first movement of No. 3 and a satisfyingly tragic drive to the passacaglia of No. 4 (where he secures some exquisite playing in the pathetic major-key variations)."

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

1.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 35 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Studio Stollberger, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio - un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: II. Andante
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: IV. Allegro - un poco sostenuto
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
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato

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