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Another great Brahms cycle to add to your collection!,
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This review is from: Brahms: The Symphonies (Audio CD)
I debated for a while about purchasing another Brahms cycle but I eventually conceded and managed to acquire this set for under £10 from one of Amazon's marketplace traders (god bless them!). So far I'm delighted with it. With very good sound and some great performances this is a cycle that I think most Brahms lovers would be happy with.
Is it the best Brahms cycle? I don't believe such a thing exists but I would recommend that people acquire a BPO cycle whether it be Abbado, Karajan (60s, 70s or 80s) or the current Rattle edition. The BPO are in my opinion the best Brahms band around. This latest BPO cycle carries on the wonderful tradition that this orchestra has in playing this wonderful cycle of symphonies.
If your looking for an introduction to the Brahms symphonies then this is a great place to start and at a very reasonable cost. If you are looking to augment your Brahms collection then go ahead. When it comes to Brahms everyone has their own favourites but if you are looking for a cheap modern cycle then I would also recommend Alsop with the LPO on Naxos.
Unsurprisingly, Rattle has his detractors and some reviews appear overly venomous towards him. However, you do not get to lead one of the world's top orchestras if you aren't up to the job. I for one am proud that we have such a talented Brit producing music like this with such a wonderful band. Highly recommended!