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  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00008OP1L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): Allegro non troppoSilke-Thora Matthies12:39Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): Andante moderatoChristian Kohn11:11Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): Allegro giocosoSilke-Thora Matthies 6:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): Allegro energico e passionatoChristian Kohn10:32Album Only
Listen  5. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (arr. for piano, 4-hands): Allegro con brioSilke-Thora Matthies13:53Album Only

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
[The previous reviewer errs by saying this is the last in the series. The series has, as of 2/05, gotten up to Vol. 14. Many riches since the issue of the present disc.]
Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Kohn, a four-hand piano duo unknown to us before this series began, have become very well known to those of us who love the four-hand (piano duet, two players at one piano) arrangements that Brahms made for much of his orchestra music. That's because there are now eight CDs in this series, and it goes from triumph to triumph. This one is the arrangement of the Fourth Symphony and the Tragic Overture. And again the team turns in beautiful performances.
These arrangements were made by Brahms to help his pieces gain greater familiarity in the music-loving world at large. That is because relatively rare live orchestral performances were the only other way for the the pieces to be heard in the age before recordings became possible and wide-spread. And it was an age when most well-educated persons had studied piano and were able to sit at the piano with a partner and read through these arrangements. That time is long-past, of course, but some of us have experienced the great joy of making the pieces come alive under our fingers, and this reviewer is delighted that the series has been issued in recordings so lovingly played and well-recorded.
There are those who would say that these CDs are unnecessary. But I firmly believe that these arrangements are true Brahms music as much as the orchestral versions.
Recommended.
Scott Morrison
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I am not a musician but a keen listener to classical music. I am very familiar with Brahms' fourth symphony and the Tragic Overture from a nineteen sixties recording with Carl Schuricht and the SDR symphony orchestra and as I like Brahms' piano music I figured his own transcription of his own symphony would be worth a listen. I am not disappointed, the recording and performance, to my ear, are superb and definitely worth recommending. I have read medoicre reviews of this disc but I am well satisfied and I am sure most listeners will find it rewarding.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sensational disc! 15 Aug. 2003
By Paul Bunkerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I echo Mr. Morrison's enthusiasm for this sensational series of Brahms' piano four hand music. These discs, including the new Vol. 8, offer a thrilling look into the complex structure of Brahms' orchestral masterworks, without the distraction of orchestral instruments. These two pianists are obviously passionate about these works, and that passion comes through in these excellent recordings. If you love Brahms symphonies, buy these inexpensive discs and discover these works all over again. The playing is simply marvelous and the recording quality is first rate.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This Outstanding Four-Hand Brahms Series Continues 29 May 2003
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Kohn, a four-hand piano duo unknown to us before this series began, have become very well known to those of us who love the four-hand (piano duet, two players at one piano) arrangements that Brahms made for much of his orchestra music. That's because there are now eight CDs in this series, and it goes from triumph to triumph. This one is the arrangement of the Fourth Symphony and the Tragic Overture. And again the team turns in beautiful performances.
These arrangements were made by Brahms to help his pieces gain greater familiarity in the music-loving world at large. That is because relatively rare live orchestral performances were the only other way for the the pieces to be heard in the age before recordings became possible and wide-spread. And it was an age when most well-educated persons had studied piano and were able to sit at the piano with a partner and read through these arrangements. That time is long-past, of course, but some of us have experienced the great joy of making the pieces come alive under our fingers, and this reviewer is delighted that the series has been issued in recordings so lovingly played and well-recorded.
There are those who would say that these CDs are unnecessary. But I firmly believe that these arrangements are true Brahms music as much as the orchestral versions.
Recommended.
Scott Morrison
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Novel Specimens on the Piano 2 Sept. 2006
By Hexameron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Purists may snub this Naxos series that features Brahms's symphonies, overtures and chamber music presented on the medium of piano. But I couldn't think of a more valuable and meaningful project than to record Brahms's piano duet versions of such quality works as the Fourth Symphony and the Tragic Overture. For pianophiles like me, it is a boon to have recordings of Brahms's high quality music performed by an adept and passionate duo like Matthies and Köhn. However, it is important for any potential buyer to acknowledge that these arrangements do not pretend to rival the original versions, although I could make a strong argument that they often do. Brahmsians seeking to gain further intimacy with his works should be ecstatic over these four-hand piano arrangements, which are Brahms's own and not the careless product of mediocre publishers.

Composed between 1884 and 1885, Brahms's Symphony No. 4 completes one of the great bodies of symphonic art. Although the Fourth Symphony's success was huge, Brahms's friends were initially apprehensive about its content after listening to it performed privately for two pianos. If only Matthies and Köhn had been employed, I imagine any doubts would have been crushed. Although the fullness and variegated tone-colors of the orchestra are absent, this piano arrangement and its executants do unexpected marvels for the music.

Under four hands, the first movement's counterpoint, especially the canon-like imitation of the theme in the bass, is illuminated and enhanced. The dark sonorities and whirling momentum are absolutely enriched by the piano's timbre and facility. In the expressive second movement, I think the modal elements and Eastern flavor emerge with greater relief thanks to the piano. While the third movement loses much of its unique instrumentation (triangles and the piccolo), Matthies and Köhn achieve remarkable orchestral effects while playing with an agreeable boisterousness. Perhaps the fourth movement makes the most convincing transfer to the piano: its structure is made transparent and this impressive passacaglia sounds quite pianistic.

Thought to be incidental music for Goethe's Faust, the Tragic Overture is a somber powerhouse of drama. From the opening sinister chords to the lyrical second theme, Matthies and Köhn produce striking moments with their full-blooded execution and technical coordination. Even without the swells of the orchestra, this piano duo creates impressive dynamic effects and the illusion of an orchestral texture à la Liszt.

Bottom line: This recording will appeal mostly to the pianophiles and Brahms lovers who want to hear his music in a novel but wholly convincing medium. Brahms's own four-hand arrangements are not only excellent models of craftsmanship, but in the hands of an expert piano duo like Matthies and Köhn they become substantial alternatives to the orchestral versions. Brahms cohorts and collectors of many recordings of the symphonies should find these four-hand piano renditions both pleasurable and revelatory.
Crisp, passionate and faithful to the symphonic essence. 7 Nov. 2013
By Ronald Haak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I echo the high praise of the previous 5* reviewers in their applause. The performances are a great success. The pianists give renditions in crisp, scultpted piano sound that is perfect. Passion is the watch word. Brahms original compositions shine forth in a new light, holding their own and commanding our respect in these renditions.
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