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Red Seal - Günter Wand Edition - Brahms: Symphonies No 1-4


Release Date: 11/19/2002 
Label:  Rca Victor Special Imports Catalog #: 89103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


What a Brahms cycle! Günter Wand's fairly brisk tempos, astute sense of linear clarity, and palpable dynamic intensity often hold a modern-day sonic mirror to Toscanini's way with the composer. Listen to how the First symphony's driving introduction ever so gradually eases into the incisively shaped main theme, or notice the fourth-movement introduction's seamless yet almost improvisatory transitions. The Third's difficult-to-balance first movement is all of a piece, with the sustained wind passages, brass outbursts, and often buried lower strings contoured in revelatory perspective. An organic ebb and flow governs the tempo modifications in the Fourth's passacaglia finale, all to unified and
Read more inevitable ends. Tensile strength and lyrical nuance continuously merge as one throughout the Second, and I especially like how Wand underlines the first movement's offbeat accents and overlapping dissonances. Add the NDR Symphony Orchestra's enlivening virtuosity plus a soundstage that conveys slightly more depth and ambient presence in RCA's 2001 transfers than in previous CD editions (RCA, EMI, Pro-Arte), and you've got an essential purchase, available again through Arkivmusic.com's on-demand reprint program.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Length: 43 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 39 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 35 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 38 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Great Brahams April 25, 2016 By Rick B. (Enfield, CT) See All My Reviews "The Arkiv set of the Brahms 4 symphonies is one of the best I have heard from all the Gunter Wand recordings. It is so wonderful to be able to hear historic conductors in the modern digital age to come alive and relive the moments of color and tempo and dynamic greatness. Arkiv has had these symphonies redone to their specifications. Wand never went to conservatory, but knows more about the written composition than most conductors. In his life he only knew what was written by the composer and he tried to maintain this without going astray. So you do not here any unintentional aberations such as tempo and dynamic rush. You hear what probably what Brahms heard when he or his friend conducted these symphonies for the first time. Gunter was one of those conductors who arose to fame only too late in life. But, he did leave a variety of recordings for all to appreciate." Report Abuse
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