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Brahms: Complete Symphonies Hybrid SACD - DSD


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  • Orchestra: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Composer: J. Brahms
  • Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B006VOWTZI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno Allegro
2. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: Andante sostenuto
3. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: Un poco Allegretto e grazioso
4. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: Adagio, Più Andante, Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Più Allegro
5. Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra in B flat major (St. Anthony Variations), Op. 56a: Chorale St. Antoni: Andante
6. Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra in B flat major (St. Anthony Variations), Op. 56a: Variation 1: Poco più animato
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Allegro non troppo
2. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Adagio non troppo
3. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino) - Presto ma non assai
4. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Allegro con spirito
5. Tragic Overture, in D minor, Op. 81
6. Academic Festival Overture, for orchestra in C minor ('Akademische Festouvertüre'), Op. 80
Disc: 3
1. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: Allegro con brio
2. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: Andante
3. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: Poco Allegretto
4. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
5. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: Allegro non troppo
6. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: Andante moderato
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By drdanfee VINE VOICE on April 8, 2012
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Let me start with fair disclosure. The big home rig is in storage, so I heard these discs in regular PCM stereo via my laptop computer sound card, though I did get the pleasure of Grado's SR80i headphones plugged into the laptop. What would SACD surround sound add? If typical, then we might expect a subtle yet important added sense of tonal presence, along with an equally subtle yet welcome sense of warmth with musical detail. Makes me want to pull the home rig right out of storage and set it up in a parking lot, just to see if the engineers exploited their high resolution media to the full extent. Meanwhile there is plenty to hear and enjoy in regular PCM stereo.

The controversial core of these readings will no doubt be how Andrew Manze has his Helsingborg band doing HIP-inflected manners even though everybody is playing modern instruments. Tempos are generally lively, if nor outright on the fast side. The way Manze hears it, Brahms is building this orchestra from the bottom up, so the major heft in the music comes from the low to middle. The top is always clear, but hardly the sweeping and often sweetish (even thick caramel) gleam that bigger bands regularly adopt for Brahms symphonies.

Given how my tastes in Brahms symphonies tends to go, my fav shelf sets include Giulini (Vienna, and London), Levine (Chicago), and the big decision used to be choosing between George Szell and Cleveland, compared to Bruno Walter. That precedent means that it took some getting accustomed for me to really start to heart Manze and what his band are doing in these freshly considered readings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2012
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Andrew Manze has been honored by audiences and critics alike for his long association with the Academy of Ancient Music, but now he is taking a different stance as he has become the principal conductor of Sweden's Helsingborg Symphony. To date he has recorded with this orchestra a fine Beethoven 3rd symphony, and here he takes on the challenge of conducting all four Brahms symphonies along with the Tragic Overture, the Academic Festival Overture, and the Variations on a Theme by Haydn: this well-priced set is three generous CDs and the sound engineering is excellent. For those who fear this may make for sterile music making - an ancient music specialist entering the arena of the high Romantics, and Brahms at that - then relax battle stations. This is fresh, exhilarating Brahms. Perhaps the orchestra is not one of the finest on CD but their sound full and committed and if Manze continues to push them up to his high standards they may very well become an orchestra more noticed.

Manze is best in the fast movements where his penchant for brisk tempi and well-defined phrasing is most obvious. In the slow movements he is more reserved and lets Brahms' emotions as written be the focal point rather than imposing stoic or grand attitudes on the works. This, then, is a fine set of all the Brahms symphonies played with grace and style and gratefully without the pompous overlay some other conductors impose on the scores. That is not to say this is 'Brahms-lite' - not at all. This instead is Brahms clarified and the set is immensely satisfying. Grady Harp, July 12
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter on June 26, 2012
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I can highly recommend this new recording of the Brahms symphonies, if you are looking for a new, yet classic and unmannered approach. Manze and the Helsingborg SO managage to give new insights into these often recorded works. These is a picturesque interpretation, where one really feels that Manze has given thoughts to coherent phrases and comprehensiveness. Unless many new recordings from recent years, you instantly feels that this one has something new to offer. In addition to this, the sound is marvellous, especially if you have access to a multichannel SACD-player with surround setup. You can hear every instrument group in their right places.
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