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Brahms: Symphony No 4, Etc / Sawallisch, London Po, Et Al


Release Date: 10/19/1999 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 73570   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraAmbrosian Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sawallisch's reading...is ardent, uniquely imaginative in its faithful response to Brahms's markings, far-sighted and focused. One or two tentative woodwind entries and tiny moments of insecurity in the violins point to limited session time, but the LPO provide much more alert and characterful playing for Sawallisch than the Bavarians for Davis. The powerful intensity of the first movement's coda, with very incisive timpani in the grim closing bars, is relieved, virtually without a break by the Andante's beckoning horn call, carrying us off to remote, calmer regions. I mention this only because the elation and momentum of the scherzo's conclusion is, similarly, immediately halted by the finale's rock-like, darkly majestic opening chords of Read more fate. It's a device that certainty made me more aware of the symphony's wonderful juxtaposition of opposing states. Those chords carry an immense tragic force in Sawallisch's hands and the clarity and firmness, at all dynamic levels, of Brahms's wind-band sound is one of the(Abbey, Road) recording's principal joys. In Kleiber's account of this finale, from the half way mark onwards, the whole orchestral fabric is ablaze in a manner perhaps more appropriate for Tristan tearing off his bandages to greet fate in the approaching arms of Isolde; Sawallisch is steadier, and, in the context of his more objective reading, no less exciting.

-- Gramophone [12/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
2.
Song of Destiny, Op. 54 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1871; Austria 
3.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 

Sound Samples

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
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato
Schicksalslied, for choir and orchestra Op. 54: Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
Schicksalslied, for choir and orchestra Op. 54: Allegro
Schicksalslied, for choir and orchestra Op. 54: Adagio
Academic Festival Overture Op. 80

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