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Brahms - Symphony No 4 [CD]

London Symphony Orchestra , Johannes Brahms , Bernard Haitink Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lso
  • ASIN: B0007IP5KA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo13:22Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: II. Andante moderato11:28Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso 6:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato10:15Album Only

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Loaded with German Romanticism and including variations on a Bach cantata, Brahms final symphony is a remarkable example of his mastery of symphonic composition. A rich, warm work that builds on a sense of movement and intensity right up to the final bars. This release also represents the completion of Bernard Haitink's celebrated LSO Live Brahms cycle that has included the symphonies, Double Concerto, Tragic Overture and Serenade No 2.


'...Haitink finds more light and shade than many interpreters do, effectively pointing the expressive and textural extremes...' -- BBC Music Magazine, 17 March 2005

'This ranks with such classic Fourths as Kleiber's, Karajan's with the Philharmonia, Toscanini's NBC version from 1951.' -- Hi-Fi News, April 2005

'the crowning glory of Bernard Haitink's Brahms cycle' -- BBC Radio 3 CD Review

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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After being highly impressed by Haitink's recordings with the LSO of Beethoven's symphonies, I thought that the performances of the Brahms symphonies with the exact same performers and cd label would be well worth a listen. I have to admit that I was a little dissapointed.
This 4th is full of some really great moments, such as the perfect balance between winds and pizzicato strings near the beggining of the second movement, the exciting, playful performance of the ending of the third movement, a really beautiful flute solo in the fourth movement and a thrilling recapitulation and ending also in the fourth movement. Other general good points about this performance are the accuracy of the LSO, who can never be caught playing a wrong note and the warm, bold and expressive sound they produce. The clearness of the articulation is excellent, the strings in particular execute Brahms' articulation markings very well.

Now to the bad points, in many parts of the performance, not enough was made of the dynamics and there was not enough shape in the beautiful melodic phrases. This is mostly in the first movement. The opening to the fourth movement, which is supposed to be an exciting start to one of the greatest finales in the symphonic repetoire, seems a little dull here. Probably because of the lethargic sounding trombones, it is really like that in the previous three movements that Brahms had kept them silent they had fallen asleep! They do wake up though when this opening statement returns later in the movement, and from that point on, well really from the beautiful flute solo a few minutes before, the performance is excellent and the last few minutes are really worth waiting for.
Haitink's tempi are always fine, they always work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 16 Feb 2013
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I liked this recording a lot, but I am no musician and so not qualified to produce a meaningful criticism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Service 30 May 2012
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This is the last of the Brahm symphonies I wanted to have the complete set. A good recording, the price was right and the disk shipped in timely fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Brahms 4th Symphony Currently Available 4 May 2005
By John Kwok - Published on
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LSO Live concludes Haitink's latest Brahms symphony cycle with this mezmerizing live recording of the Brahms 4th Symphony. Without question, this Haitink Brahms symphony cycle may be regarded as among the finest currently available. Haitink's stately, riveting interpretation of this symphony is as magical an interpretation as Carlos Kleiber's acclaimed mid 1980's Deutsche Grammophon account with the Vienna Philharmonic or Herbert Blomstedt's Decca mid 1990's account with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Haitink has conducted the London Symphony in an unusually warm, vibrant performance of this symphony, which is replete with excellent solo performances from the french horns, woodwinds and strings. I was especially pleased with Haitink's dignified, but still brooding, interpretation of the 4th movement, which comes across as a musical interlude between darkness and light. For these reasons Haitink is without question one of our foremost interpreters of Brahms' music, though one little known to most North American classical music aficionados. Fans of the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bernard Haitink will not be disappointed with this recording. I believe that it is without question, the best recording of this symphony currently available.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling and noble recording in digital sound. 24 Jun 2009
By Colloredo von Salzburg - Published on
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This is undoubtedly a compelling Brahms 4th reading. Perhaps not in the Reiner, Walter or Schuricht league but still a noble
and powerful performance. Despite better competitors in a vast discography, this CD could please any Brahms collection, so just
enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It would take a great Brahms Fourth to justify a 41 min. CD. This one doesn't. 20 July 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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I hope Haitink will be gratified to find out that one reviewer at Amazon thinks his late, live Brahms Fourth is world class. Or should that be one reviewer in the whole world? This Fourth from London, in accord with the rest of Haitink's cycle, is mellow, relaxed, and gentle to the point of being shapeless. You could only love it if you demand that there be no interpretatoin at all. Haitink barely provides any. He sets a tempo, balances the chords, keeps the melodies sweet, and that's that. Is the Brahms Fourth heroic, tragic, melancholy, triumphant, or all of these by turns? You'd never know from this placid performance.
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