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Brahms: Symphony No 4 / Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique

Brahms / Beethoven / Monteverdi Choir / Gardiner
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog #: 705   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenGiovanni GabrieliHeinrich SchützJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et RomantiqueMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A choir on a CD of Brahms's fourth symphony? Easily explained: one aim of John Eliot Gardiner's illuminating Brahms symphonic cycle, recorded live at London's Festival Hall and now complete, has been to show the composer's debt to earlier baroque masters." - Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

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Soli Deo Gloria is proud to release the last instalment of its successful Brahms Symphony series which sees John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique explore the music of Johannes Brahms.

This album is a celebration of the Fourth Symphony and the various pieces that contributed to its making.

From baroque to romantic, and from great
Read more orchestral pieces to intimate choral works, the listener gains a wonderful insight into Brahms’ mind and music making, through pieces that he loved and inspired him.

The Fourth Symphony was described by Richard Strauss as “a giant work, great in concept an invention, masterful in its form, and yet from A to Z genuine Brahms, in a word, an enrichment to our art”. Drawing from many sources of the musical past, it is nevertheless absolutely unique.

It is impregnated with baroque influence - the Finale was directly inspired by Bach’s cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich. Brahms enjoyed conducting less known old repertoire such as Gabrieli’s Sanctus Benedictus and Schütz’s Saul, Saul. They influenced his choral writing as we can hear in the Geistliches Lied. Brahms was also famously inspired by Beethoven, and the Finale to the Fourth clearly owes to his Coriolan overture.

The recordings from this series are drawn from Gardiner’s two-year Brahms and his Antecedents project which not only celebrated Brahms the composer, but traced the roots from which Brahms drew his creative inspiration. No other composer of the 19th century had such a close and informed relationship to music of the past and for this reason, great choral works by composers as varied as Beethoven, Bach, Schütz and Gabrielli are performed alongside Brahms’ compositions.

The booklet includes a conversation between John Eliot Gardiner and composer Hugh Wood, explaining how the pieces relate to each other and giving a moving account of Brahms as a composer and as a man.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sanctus and Benedictus a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
3.
Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 12: Saul, Saul, was verfolgst, SWV 415 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1650; Germany 
4.
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: no 6, Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
5.
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: no 7, Meine Tage in den Leiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
6.
Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
7.
Fest und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1889; Austria 
8.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 

Sound Samples

Overture to Collin's Coriolan, Op. 62, "Coriolan Overture"
Symphoniae Sacrae (1615): Sanctus-Benedictus a 12
Symphoniarum sacrarum III, Op. 12, SWV 398-419: Symphoniarum sacrarum III, Op. 12: No. 18. Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich, SWV 415
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Ciacona: Meine Tage in dem Leide
Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 (arr. J.E. Gardiner for chorus and strings)
Fest- und Gedenkspruche (Festive and Memorial Verses), Op. 109: No. 1. Unsere Vater hofften auf dich
Fest- und Gedenkspruche (Festive and Memorial Verses), Op. 109: No. 2. Wenn ein starker Gewappneter
Fest- und Gedenkspruche (Festive and Memorial Verses), Op. 109: No. 3. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk
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

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