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Brahms: The Complete Symphonies / Karajan, Berlin Po


Release Date: 06/09/1998 
Label:  Dg Double Catalog #: 453097   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1978 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1978 
3.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1978 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1978 

Customer Reviews

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 Karajan's Excellent Brahms Symphonies July 1, 2015 By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Szell's performances of Brahms seem almost severe compared to Karajan's more emotional approach. In the booklet notes Ivan March describes the Karajan touch thusly:''less fiery than Toscanini but not less compulsive. His readings have a powerful cultured prescence, which, while never robbing the music of its vitality, shows few signs of earthiness: rough edges are smoothed by the superb polish of the response he elicits from the Berlin Philharmonic.'' The Karajan touch is immediately apparent at the beginning of the First: a somewhat gentle reading with the Berlin forces unleashed on the finale. The Second seems rather langorous and the Third very expressive. The Fourth appropriately dramatic with a glorious conclusion. These DG recordings are from the mid-70's and have been nicely remastered. Between the performances of Szell and Karajan I favor the former by a slight margin. The audio quality of the DG discs, however, are far superior. The Karajan set is also less expensive than the individual Sony issues. I therefore have to recommend the DG offering over Sonys." Report Abuse
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