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Brahms: The 4 Symphonies
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on 11 August 2015
Really love this version. I know it is old fashioned & over-romantic, but it suits me. Am a great fan of Karajan even if he was autocratic.
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on 5 December 2016
Difficult to beat this as an inspirational set from a amazing artist.
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on 10 October 2013
Always did like Karajan's performances. Used to have some of these on vinyl. Great to hear them again... like old friends.
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on 21 May 2013
Excellent product and service all round thank you.
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on 21 January 2013
What we get here are four powerful readings that are assured, controlled deep and meaningful. Symphonies 1-4 are all taken from the Digital Era [i.e. 1980's] and accommodated to fit this 2CD-set.

Brahms Symphony No. 1 [rec 1987]
- this particular version beats all the previous recordings that Karajan committed to record - and beats every other possible recording of this Symphony by any other conductor. The only real competitor for the Symphony No. 1 is Klaus Tennstedt, a terrible shame he didn't or was unable to complete a Brahms's set.

Brahms Symphony No. 2 [rec 1986]
- a sure footed well played and a well-engineered recording of this symphony.

Brahms Symphony No. 3 [rec 1988]
- a well-executed performance and descent recording of a symphony that appears to elude that 100% definitive recording anywhere. In the absence of the definitive recording - this 1989 recording is more than recommendable.

Brahms Symphony No. 4 [rec 1988]
- a well played, performed and very good recording of this symphony. I find the Karajan performance of this symphony spot on simply quite stunning.

In conclusion - If you're looking for a Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 1-4 you can't go wrong with this set. The Brahms - Symphony No. 1 here is the definitive recording and none so far have been able to exceed its excellence. All 4 symphonies here are a unmissable bargain and opportunity! This could only be bettered with offer of these recordings as studio high resolution FLAC download files.
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on 8 February 2013
Berlin Philharmonic and Karajan guarantee the kind of 'old fashioned' performance and recording that many of us still prefer. These won't disappoint - rolls royce orchestra with supreme technician
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on 10 December 2012
I love the sound of these symphonies!
It transports me to another world. Karajan & DG - can't complain about the quality.
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on 1 March 2014
Along with the 2 Piano Concertos (Barbirolli) I could listen to this for days. Each symphony is bold, touching and robust and Karajan knows exactly when to calm the bursts of almost ecstatic joy, for something altogether more calm and even sad. Music for the soul.
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on 19 January 2015
Before this I had only heard Brahms' requiem mass, and enjoyed it enough to explore.
Anyone who enjoys the Beethoven Symphonies would love this album too.
On the fourth hearing I began to appreciate more about Brahms. The first three sessions put me to sleep well before the end.
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on 1 July 2012
..a combination of Brahms and Karajan can only be brilliant...no need to comment further...this is sheer listening pleasure and therefore recommended.
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