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4 Symphonies, The, Overtures (Davis, Takezawa, Oppitz) Box set

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  • Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (10 May 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Red Seal
  • ASIN: B0001TSWOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Un Poco Sostenuto - Allegro
2. Andante Sostenuto
3. Un Poco Allegretto E Grazioso
4. Adagio; Piu andante; Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
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Disc: 2
1. Allegro Con Spirito
2. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
3. Poco Allegretto
4. Allegro
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Disc: 3
1. Allegro Non Troppo
2. Andante Moderato
3. Allegro Giocoso
4. Allegro Energico E Passionato
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Disc: 4
1. Maestoso
2. Adagio
3. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
4. Allegro Non Troppo
Disc: 5
1. Adagio
2. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace; Poco piu presto
3. Allegro Non Troppo
4. Allegro Appassionato
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I approached this set with some trepidation. It has, after all had some pretty bad reviews and rapdly vanished from the catalogue after it's first issue. I was very pleasantly surprised. The recording quality is first class and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra are a superb ensemble.

Davis has a very relaxed approach. These are not hard driven performances but highlight the natural lyricism of the music. This is of course very effective in the slow movements and I must say that of the third symphony is the most beautiful I've heard. But of course this beauty comes at a price! One misses the superb drive of a Toscannini or Bruno Walter in the outer movements but, I must admit, I did enjoy Davis' approach. It is perfectly valid in its own terms and I did find it deepened my appreciation of the music and highlighted, yet again, the fact that, in these works, there can never be a definative performance. They are too rich for that.

The Concertos are well played by Oppitz and Takezawa and Davis accompanies with great skill. Not the greatest performances ever but thoroughly enjoyable just the same. The same goes for the Overtures and Variations. I can recommend this box to all who would like a very reasonably priced set of these core works of the symphonic repetoire.
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Old World playing creates a nice mood, but Davis mostly coasts 8 April 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If Colin Davis loved Brahms as much as he loves Sibelius, we might have three complete cycles of the four symphonies, but we have only one, which is rarely mentioned in comparative reviews. When I first encountered it, Davis's conducting seemed dull and uninvolved. Then I heard a live Brahms Third with the Dresden Staaatskapelle (on Profil) that sounded masterful and wise. Returning to the studio set, I think I missed the mark before, largely because of the gorgeous sonority and ensemble delivered by the Bavarian Radio SO. These readings aren't yet thirty years old, but they come across as Old World musicianship from a lost tradition.

For long stretches Davis still seems pretty uninvolved. He applies a tasteful traditional hand, letting the orchestra carry the day. the pacing is relaxed and at times lazy. There are no insights as far as interpretation goes. But at such a bargain price, if you are a traditionalist at heart, here is a slightly updated version of how Brahms was always supposed to sound. For the best that Davis has to offer, the Dresden reading of Sym. 3 is a better place to go.

I've always been mystified by Gerhard Oppitz's appeal, or at least his large output of recordings. Maybe there's something in German public taste that I'm missing, but Oppitz is sturdy, gruff, and totally straightforward, giving no hint of sensitivity to Brahms's piano writing. but his playing is forceful and clear, and he has a big technique. I'd place him in the same box as Alexis Weissenberg, who could rouse an audience by charging at the music but whose records are now largely forgotten. Davis was more alive to the two piano concertos when he recorded them in the mid-Seventies with the young, energized Stephen Kovacevich. Here he's going through the motions, with an especially dreary D minor Cto. In the midst of this dullness the solo cello in the slow movement of the B-flat Major Cto. is beautifully played and quite memorable.

The name of violinist Kyoko Takezawa has faded from view, so far as I know (when RCA came under German management, a stable of artists was introduced who didn't register much in the U.S.) She enters with a bright, edgy tone on the verge of harshness - not a good introduction - after Davis has paved the way with an indifferent orchestral introduction. The same disjunction keeps playing itself out, with the soloist trying to make a strong public impression while Davis is marking time until the cocktail hour. Still, the Bavarians play very beautifully, and Takezawa is highly musical - I thoroughly enjoyed her performance, which falls on the elegant, Joshua Bell end of the spectrum.

As fillers we get dull readings of the Academic Festival and Tragic Over., along with the Haydn Var. I've always been mystified by Davis's backward step when he plonked himself in Munich - It's not as if he had shown any great love for Beethoven and Brahms. Was it the money, or his bad-boy reputation back in London? In any event, now that he is an august older presence (and nicer to the musicians, one hears), he can look back on some real achievements in Munich and Dresden. This Brahms box set isn't really a high point, though.
Since I liked this set I decided to add this from all ... 3 Feb. 2015
By Mark Frederick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since I liked this set I decided to add this from all music:

Over the past 100 years, there have been recordings of the complete Brahms' symphonies that rank with the greatest recordings of anything ever made. There are wonderful Weingartners, the fabulous Furtwänglers, the monumental Klemperers, the amazing Abbados...the list goes on and on. Of course, over the past 100 years, there have been recordings of Brahms symphonies that rank among the worst recordings of anything ever made. There are the obdurate Davalos, the superficial Karajans, and the uncomprehending Jarvis...again, the list goes on and on.
Where in all this do the recordings of Brahms' symphonies by Colin Davis stack? Near but not at the top: Davis is a strong, intelligent, and sympathetic conductor whose Brahms' symphonies are clear, direct, and expressive. Davis keeps the tempos moving and the long line flowing and yet still finds moments of quiet repose amidst the high drama. The Bavarian Radio Symphony plays with power, precision, and a fair amount of passion. Gerhard Oppitz makes a fine protagonist in the Piano Concertos and Kyoko Takezawa makes a lyrical advocate in the Violin Concerto. RCA's digital sound is clear, rich, and deep.
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