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Brahms: Complete Symphonies / Alsop, London PO


Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 940257  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Disc 1
"Okay, we all know that at this point no one needs a new Brahms cycle, but this first installment has one thing going for it: Marin Alsop appears to be a fine
Read more Brahms conductor. She begins the First Symphony with an introduction that would have made Klemperer sit up and take notice: it's that grand and imposing... The two overtures are no less impressive. Of course, the Academic Festival is practically unkillable, but Alsop's pointed rhythms help project the music's joyous humor while preventing the familiar tunes from sounding foursquare. Her Tragic Overture is one of the best... Naxos is right to let Alsop shine in the music she identifies with most strongly, and her Brahms certainly qualifies." --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Disc 2
"An invigorating and very enjoyable reading of this fine symphony. The LPO plays attentively and with commitment. On the evidence of this release, this Brahms cycle is not one that’s being made just for the sake of it but rather because Marin Alsop wanted to do it and has something definite to say about the music.... As a filler we’re offered eight of the Hungarian Dances, three of them in orchestrations by Brahms, the remainder in orchestral dress tailored for them by Dvo?ák... They are well done. In common with a lot of so-called light music these dances aren’t easy to do well. On this occasion the performances benefit from enthusiastic playing. Equally important is the fact that the dances are shaped affectionately by Marin Alsop, who displays a good, intuitive sense of rubato. A most enjoyable disc which can be recommended confidently and enthusiastically." -- John Quinn, MusicWeb International

Disc 3

"In the entire history of the work on disc, there have been perhaps seven or eight truly great performances: Walter (Sony, stereo), Levine (RCA), Wand (his first one with NDR, on RCA), Klemperer (EMI), Jochum (EMI, with this orchestra), Dohnanyi (Warner/Teldec), and perhaps most surprisingly, Solti (Decca). To this select list, add Alsop. This is not a judgment made lightly, but this is one hell of a fine performance of this most elusive symphony... This is very good Brahms conducting: the tension never sags, no important details go unobserved and nothing detracts from the evolving symphonic argument... The Haydn Variations makes an excellent coupling, and is equally well done. Alsop's excellent command of rhythm once again is very much in evidence... I'm more than happy to recommend this superb new recording as strongly as possible." --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Disc 4
Top Brahms!

Here it is: the final release in the set of Brahms symphonies from Marin Alsop with the London Philharmonic. Previous reviews have praised just about every aspect of this new Naxos cycle, and while I admit to arriving somewhat late on the scene I have to admit that all expectations are realised... your ears and attention are absorbed and enthralled by the lush musical garden that gradually unfolds through your loudspeakers...and give yourself over to a feast of wonderful music-making." -- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
2.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
3.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
5.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
6.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 3 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
7.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 10 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
8.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 17 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Antonín Dvorák. 
9.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 18 in D major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1880; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Antonín Dvorák. 
10.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 19 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Antonín Dvorák. 
11.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 20 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Antonín Dvorák. 
12.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 21 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1880; Austria 
Notes: Arranger: Antonín Dvorák. 
13.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
14.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
15.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
16.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 2 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
17.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 4 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
18.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
19.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 6 in D major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
20.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 7 in A major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
21.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 8 in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
22.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 9 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Tragic Overture, Op. 81: Allegro non troppo
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80: Allegro - L'istesso tempo, un poco maestoso - Animato - Maestoso
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: II. Adagio non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: III. Allegretto grazioso, quasi andantino
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: IV. Allegro con spirito
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor (orch. J. Brahms)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major (orch. J. Brahms)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major (orch. J. Brahms)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor (orch. A. Dvorak)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 18 in D major (orch. A. Dvorak)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 19 in B minor (orch. A. Dvorak)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 20 in E minor (orch. A. Dvorak)
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for orchestra): Hungarian Dance No. 21 in E minor (orch. A. Dvorak)

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