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Brahms: Complete Symphonies [Box set]

Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (8 April 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0000012V3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 - Allegro - L'istesso tempo, un poco maestoso - Animato - MaestosoBerliner Philharmoniker10:051.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Gesang der Parzen, Op.89Berliner Philharmoniker12:311.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 1. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegroBerliner Philharmoniker14:121.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 2. Andante sostenutoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 3. Un poco allegretto e graziosoBerliner Philharmoniker 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 4. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegroBerliner Philharmoniker16:282.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Brahms: Rhapsody For Alto, Chorus, And Orchestra, Op.53 - "Aber abseits wer ist's?" Adagio-Poco Andante-AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker13:021.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 1. Allegro non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker20:562.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma graziosoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assaiBerliner Philharmoniker 5:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 4. Allegro con spiritoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:420.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op.81Berliner Philharmoniker12:581.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Schicksalslied, Op.54Berliner Philharmoniker16:512.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo IBerliner Philharmoniker13:341.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 2. AndanteBerliner Philharmoniker 8:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 3. Poco allegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker 6:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 4. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker 8:550.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56aBerliner Philharmoniker17:572.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Nnie von Friedrich Schiller, fr Chor und Orchester, Op.82Berliner Philharmoniker13:491.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 1. Allegro non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker13:051.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 2. Andante moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker12:091.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo IBerliner Philharmoniker 6:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 4. Allegro energico e passionato - Pi allegroBerliner Philharmoniker10:021.49  Buy MP3 


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your ears 9 Mar 2011
By F. M. Muse VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Both orchestra and conductor have Brahms music woven into their DNA and this set yields the alchemical gold born of Abbado's scholarship and love of the music, fused with the radiance of the BPO's effulgent brass and radiant lustre of the Berlin strings. Many may prefer Karajan's 70's recordings for their dramatic bravura performances, but Abbado's are deeply considered readings, intended to evoke a somewhat different emphasis, to which the BPO have responded with their usual mix of virtuosity and nuance allied to a near unparalled experience of this material.
It has been argued that this is a very expensive set - and so it is - but I would contest that this is Brahms presented in a new light. Not only that, but the overtures, rhapsodies and variations not only represent added value, but present the materials in context in a way that is in itself fairly novel. The quality of the recorded sound is superlative in every particular, you just have to open your ears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbado's wonderful Brahms! 13 Oct 2011
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I must confess that I don't have this set in this form. The set here is quite expensive and I found it much cheaper to buy all the records singly on Amazon marketplace. I'm not always a huge fan of Abbado but I am a real convert to his way with Brahms. It really is something special.

The performances have strength and beauty and they are "painted with a rich and subtle palette". This is a major set in that it is absolutely and completely new in its conception of how Brahms should sound - these are not just "another set of Brahms symphonies" - and the performances are deeply satisfying: moving, inspiring and so on ... all the things that Brahms symphonies can be. The face of Brahms that comes over in these performances is not so easy to characterise. It is luminous, rich and varied (but very coherent). This is quite simply truly wonderful Brahms! I love other approaches and sets (Toscanini and Harnoncourt especially but also Klemperer, Sanderling) but this set also is one of the truly greats and perhaps the greatest of them all.

The extras are mostly unusual and very desirable. The playing is the BPO! The sound is first rate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This set of discs, well recorded in the late 1980's, has reason to be considered as the leading contender of its recorded generation. This is not the same as saying that it is the 'best' set available which would be an unwise and doubtful judgement given the depth and range of distinguished sets made over previous recorded generations. What can be said is that is deserves serious consideration as the set of choice from the 1980s and 1990's.

Bearing in mind the relative costs of the single discs and the boxed set, it may well be better to buy these discs singly.

Bearing that in mind, the previous individual reviews are copy/pasted below for more detailed comment

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Symphony 1 etc.
This well recorded disc, published in 1991, brings a particularly fresh and vibrant version of this symphony to the catalogue. The BPO had Brahms in its collective blood having made numerous fine recordings for various respected conductors over the years but here that previous experience has been coupled with Italianate passion and Abbado's love of clarity. This makes for a potent combination.

This review is being written seventeen years after its purchase and with the knowledge that this is part of a consistently fine series that has received much critical approval. Also worth noting is the fine recorded sound that this, and the rest of the series, has been given. As a result this Brahms has all the depth that is essential but without the textural muddiness that can so often happen. The recording delivers a wide tonal and textural range as well as good sound-stage depth and plenty of dynamic punch. Generally, along with the weight and clarity, we also get tempi that keep on the move. This creates dramatic tension as a further ingredient.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly beautiful performances 29 Dec 2007
By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Abbado's interpretations are amazing. every nuance of harmonic shifts and the mistery that often underlies Brahms' music is so beautifully brught out.

This is an expensive set but it's worth every penny, because this set also includes all the overtures and similar one movement orchestral/choral masterpieces, you really can't go wrong with this generous set, especially if you want to have Brahms' best orchestral works in one tidy collection and go back to them time and time again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic, large-scale Brahms beautifully played 5 April 2010
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
My first experience of Abbado's Brahms was hearing the First Symphony at a friend's house on very good sound equipment. I was overwhelmed by the richness and immediacy of the recording quality: DG's finest engineering in combination with the virtuosity of that Rolls Royce amongst orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, make a powerful impact. I was hooked within seconds of hearing those momentous, pounding timpani and immediately understood that here was a conductor who tackled Brahms with authority and confidence, and really understood Brahms' masculine idiom; too many conductors seem bemused, tentative or pusillanimous when it comes to interpreting Brahms, as if they find his virility embarrassing.

Repeated hearings have confirmed my admiration for these massive interpretations, although I concede that I sometimes prefer the drive and momentum generated by Toscanini or the certainty and intensity of Karajan. I particularly recommend a stupendous live performance of the First by Karajan on Testament; his last appearance in the UK (see my review):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brahms-Symphony-Schoenberg-Verkl%C3%A4rte-Nacht/dp/B001IT75FU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1270489586&sr=1-1

Some occasionally find that Abbado lingers just a little too long to prolong the grandeur of the moment and want more of a sharp edge to Brahms' dense arguments, but I say that Abbado's is just another, valid way to enjoy Brahms, especially when the playing glows like this. And he does not by any means always take a more spacious approach to the music; just try the drive and propulsion of the variations and Passacaglia in the last movements of the Third and Fourth Symphonies to hear thrilling playing.
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