Brahms- Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 (2014)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Like their two predecessors, Brahms’s third and fourth symphonies appeared within only a year or so of each other: No 3 in 1883, and No 4 in 1884 (movements 1, 2) and 1885 (movements 3, 4). And though this is within only a decade of the premiere of the first symphony, they represent an entirely new stage of maturity, obviously written to more precise compositional goals: in the case of No 4, the application of formal variation principles throughout a symphony; in No 3, the symphonic application of a motto theme with the distinctiveness of a Leitmotiv. 
Although no lengthy history comparable with that of the First Symphony is known for No 4, it seems reasonably clear that the concept of the finale pre-dated the rest of the work, and that the preceding three movements were written to complement it and lead to it. The important Berlin choral conductor Siegfried Ochs recalls in his autobiography a meeting at which he was present with the composer and the great orchestral conductor Hans von Bu?low (who had become Brahms’s supporter by the 1880s having turned away from Wagner), at which Brahms had proposed a symphonic movement on the ground bass melody of the last section of Bach’s Cantata 150 ‘Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich’.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Brahms- Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 (2014)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

    Fanfare

The total package is quite seductive; in fact, both of these are among my favourite recordings of the Brahms symphonies.

    Gramophone

This pairing of Brahms’s Third and Fourth conducted by Gergiev is a great example of how a recording can have both focus and a live ambience.

    Classical CD Choice

Gergiev’s powerful performance of the Brahms 3rd Symphony is quite impressive with some notably fine wind and brass playing throughout from the LSO and his division of violins antiphonally helps to keep the textures of Brahms’s more densely scored passages clear.

    Audiophile Audition

When passion and logical forms collide he (Gergiev) inevitably rises to the occasion.

Brahms- Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 (2014)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Jonathan Stokes
Recording location: Barbican London
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Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- i. Allegro con brio
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Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- ii. Andante
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Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- iii. Poco allegretto
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Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90- iv. Allegro
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Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- i. Allegro non troppo
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Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- ii. Andante moderato
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Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- iii. Allegro giocoso
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Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98- iv. Allegro energico e passionato
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