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Brahms: Symphony No 4, Haydn Variations, Etc / Giulini


Release Date: 09/07/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62883   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shortly after releasing this Brahms Fourth in its Giulini/Chicago box, it reappears in EMI's Great Recordings of the Century edition, which is good news for listeners who want it all by itself (or in any event with more Brahms). It's a very noble performance, a little soft around the edges in the outer movements perhaps, but nowhere near as droopy as the conductor's DG remake with the Vienna Philharmonic. Here everything has a clear sense of direction, with real anger in the codas of the first and last movements and a gorgeous account of the Andante that never hangs fire.


Giulini's Philharmonia version of the Haydn Variations is outstanding, with excellent wind playing and an imposing climax to the final passacaglia
Read more leading to a truly joyous windup. The Tragic Overture does strike me as a touch wanting in energy, more a function of rhythm than tempo. Ancerl, for example, gets more bite out of the music at an even slower speed, but this is still very good, and taken together it's a very distinguished Brahms program, in well remastered, very listenable sound. I'm very glad to have it back.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Chicago, Illinois, USA 
2. Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Notes: 01/25/1961 - 01/27/1961 
3. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1962 

Sound Samples

Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (2004 Digital Remaster)
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Thema: Chorale St. Antoni (Andante)
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation I: Poco più animato
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation II: Più vivace
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation III: Con moto
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation IV: Andante con moto
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation V: Vivace
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation VI: Vivace
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation VII: Grazioso
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Variation VIII: Presto non troppo
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale'), Op. 56a (2004 Digital Remaster): Finale: Andante
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 (2004 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 (2004 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro energico e passionato

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