Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 4, Tragic Overture, Double Concerto, Serenade No. 2

October 4, 2005 | Format: MP3

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Time
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1
13:42
30
2
8:38
30
3
4:43
30
4
17:17
30
5
15:11
Disc 2
30
1
17:26
30
2
7:19
30
3
8:54
30
4
16:00
30
5
9:51
30
6
5:34
30
7
9:41
Disc 3
30
1
8:14
30
2
2:47
30
3
7:20
30
4
5:16
30
5
5:47
30
6
14:31
30
7
8:57
30
8
6:48
30
9
9:27
Disc 4
30
1
13:22
30
2
11:28
30
3
6:16
30
4
10:15


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: (c) 2005 London Symphony Orchestra
  • Total Length: 4:04:43
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  • ASIN: B000QQWDIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,890 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The London Symphony Orchestra's LSO Live label finally offers as a box set acclaimed conductor Bernard Haitink's latest - and third - Brahms symphony cycle (The other two - which are still available - were recorded by Philips with Haitink conducting the Royal Concertgebouw and Boston Symphony orchestras in the 1970s and early 1990s.). Those interested in a fine Brahms symphony cycle by one of our greatest conductors will not be disappointed with this box set, which compiles the individual LSO Live CDs released over the past few years (These were recorded at live concert performances of Haitink conducting the London Symphony Orchestra primarily back in 2003 and 2004.).

Highlights include Haitink's spellbinding interpretations of the four Brahms symphonies and a brilliant performance by concertmaster Gordan Nikolitch and principal cellist Timothy Hugh of the Brahms Double Concerto. The London Symphony Orchestra's performances are absolutely impeccable, rivalling those from preeminent Dutch, German and Austrian orchestras.

Haitink offers a compelling interpretation of Brahms' 1st Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra in excellent form, which ranks as among the best performed and recorded I have heard. His latest interpretation is one which seems a bit less restrained than his earlier versions, but still replete with strict adherence to Brahms' tempi. His latest interpretation is, in some respects, more exciting than his earlier Philips recordings, emphasizing the rich sonorities and complex architecture of Brahms' score.

Without question Haitink's LSO Live recording is the best live recording of the Brahms 2nd Symphony I have heard, easily eclipsing Kurt Masur's acclaimed account with the New York Philharmonic recorded nearly a decade ago by Teldec.
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This Symphony set is amazing. Perhaps one of my favorite sets of Brahms' symphonies, and at the very least leagues beyond the younger RCO set done by Haitink.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on September 3, 2012
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I would not choose this as my first option for the Brahms symphonies because the sound quality in these live performances is not the best, especially considering they are relatively recent recordings (2004). The Haitink set with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Philips are clearer. But I would put the Solti recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Decca in first place with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia on Philips second for clarity of sound and the tempi chosen. One advantage of the Haitink/LSO set is that there is a performance of the rarely heard double concerto for violin and cello included in the set, together with the 2nd Serenade, which is well worth repeated listening.

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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Josh Lindsay on April 7, 2008
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I feel compelled to write a review for this product. Partially because there have only been two so far, and because Classic Today's reviewers gave it an average of 7 out of 10. I think this production deserves much much more attention though. While this is the first real time that I have heard Brahms' symphonies and a couple select other compositions, I was just amazed at what great music this was, and how seemingly well Haitink did at conducting it. I especially found a great performance in the serenade. It was a perfect addition to the performance of the symphonies, which are also top notch. Now it really is one of my favorite classical music sets, and I highly recommend it as a wonderful place to find Brahms' best known creations as a starting point in his music. It is also much cheaper at emusic, which is where I found it and other great classical music, such as Vanska's performances of Beethoven's symphonies, which is another highly recommended set by myself, as well as many publications. But you will not be disappointed by this performance, I guarantee it!
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6 of 21 people found the following review helpful By George R. Walker on February 14, 2008
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Well recorded technically. Heard some instruments for the first time. The fourth movements of Symphony 1 and 4 were not as good as in other recordings. Much too slow and it was painful to listen to. This was not really worth the price.
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