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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. 

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