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Brahms: Complete Symphonies Box set


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listen  1. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 1. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegroThe Philadelphia Orchestra17:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 2. Andante sostenutoThe Philadelphia Orchestra 9:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 3. Un poco allegretto e graziosoThe Philadelphia Orchestra 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 4. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegroThe Philadelphia Orchestra17:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56aThe Philadelphia Orchestra19:05$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 1. Allegro non troppoThe Philadelphia Orchestra21:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma graziosoThe Philadelphia Orchestra 9:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assaiThe Philadelphia Orchestra 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 4. Allegro con spiritoThe Philadelphia Orchestra 9:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op.80The Philadelphia Orchestra10:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op.81The Philadelphia Orchestra13:48$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo IThe Philadelphia Orchestra13:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 2. AndanteThe Philadelphia Orchestra 9:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 3. Poco allegrettoThe Philadelphia Orchestra 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 4. AllegroThe Philadelphia Orchestra 8:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 1. Allegro non troppoThe Philadelphia Orchestra13:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 2. Andante moderatoThe Philadelphia Orchestra11:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo IThe Philadelphia Orchestra 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 - 4. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegroThe Philadelphia Orchestra10:22$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Brahms, Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti
  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000065TV5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Bill VINE VOICE on May 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Muti's recordings of the Brahms symphonies are powerful and sweeping, with good detail and a realistic acoustic. Muti provides his usual (and wonderful) lyricism, which fits most of the pieces very well.
Karajan's First Symphony on DG is more darkly dramatic than Muti's is here (if you like drama -- and drama works for the First -- you might consider Karajan). Muti's performance is anything but slack, however. And Muti gets a better sound than Karajan does from the engineers; Muti's recording is more natural, with nice, open imaging.
For me, Muti's Fourth is bested only by Kleiber's classic interpretation on DG. Kleiber doesn't dip as far into the emotional possibilities of the work as Muti, maybe, but that isn't Kleiber's goal. His Brahms is more classical than Muti's, more Appollonian, and only Kleiber solves all of the Fourth's problems with his extraordinary panache and grace, IMHO. Still, I enjoy Muti's version very much, and if it were my only version I'd be mighty happy with it.
Overall, if you want a very good collection of all four symphonies, Muti and the Philadelphians won't disappoint.
Nutshell: Committed performances and digital sound coupled with a midline price. Very fine.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When this set first came out in the early 90s, I bought the recording of the Second Symphony, which critics thought the strongest of the set. In deference to their judgment I avoided the rest of the recordings until now. I'd always thought the Muti Second a strong one without being absolutely first class, but now, heard in the company of other three symphonies and the Haydn Variations, it emerges even stronger in my estimation. Whereas Ormandy tended to wallow a bit in Brahms, Muti's approach is characteristically leaner without being in the least meaner. In fact, the ripe nostalgia of the Third Symphony, probably nobody's favorite Brahms, comes across wonderfully, as does the high drama of the Fourth, especially given Philips' burnished but impactive sound-those marvelous trombones in the finale! and trumpets and drums in the scherzo! (Not to mention the famous "auto horn" cadence from the Second Symphony finale!) The beauty of the string-and-wind playing is a given with this orchestra. But I think I've never fully appreciated the loveliness of Brahms's writing for woodwinds before hearing this set.
Luckily, though (for example) the Tragic Overture moves along at quite a clip in the faster sections--all the better for it, too, since dawdlin' in this work tends to make it sound maudlin--Muti isn't the juggernaut he often is, glossing over the subtleties along the way. This happens to some extent in his Beethoven, but he really lets Brahms breathe. A case in point is the First Symphony. I thought Muti's reading a bit too static, a bit too granitic on first hearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RLB on December 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The positive features here are the recordings, clean, robust, tonally rich, well defined instrumental sections with gorgeous detail and refined playing. Lyrical in all regards, but Muti "softens" Brahms orchestral phrasing and the music seems to just proceed on with out contrasting dynamics. The forth in particular lacks the median degree of tension, and seems more like Schubert being stretched out.
However rich, utterly detailed and lush the orchestral sound, forward momentum is lacking. Some bizarre imbalanced sections not playing with full instrumental output. I found the first to have the same gorgeous orchestral sound, but "draggy". The 2nd seems to be the least successful and the third "too smooth" - one of the great symphonies just too smooth shaven - again lacking those symphonic contrasts. No better a score and 4 out of 5, and not better than that.
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This would be my second favourite set of recordings of the Brahms Symphonies played by the sumptuous sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti. I am very happy to alternate between these performances and those by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Georg Solti. These performances, and those by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Solti, manage to combine the impressive power of the full orchestra with tender lyricism in the quieter sections, like the adagio 2nd movement in the 1st symphony and the `andante' 2nd movement of the 3rd symphony - so lyrical it was made into a popular song that Mario Lanza recorded. This 3 CD set also includes the intense Tragic Overture and the rousing Academic Festival Overture that date from 1880, composed between the 2nd and 3rd Symphonies together with the so-called Haydn Variations, though the original tune probably derives from before Haydn's time. This is a tyhoroughly satisfying set of Brahms' orchestral compositions.

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