Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


© 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

Recorded live at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 27 October 2010 (Symphony No. 3) and 28 May 2011 (Symphony No. 4)

Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Mike Clements (Symphony No. 3), Andrew Lang, K&A Productions (Symphony No. 4)

Total playing time 76:22

DDD Stereo

Released February 2014

CD: Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Brahms Symphony No. 3
Brahms Symphony No. 4

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

Brahms was well into his forties by the time he completed a symphony – but by the time he reached his third, he’d hit his stride. Sweeping string melodies and autumnal colours interwoven with his recurring musical motto of ‘free but joyful’ create one of the composer’s most personal works. In his fourth and final symphony, Brahms looked back to his idols Bach and Beethoven for inspiration, creating a masterpiece whose extraordinary passacaglia finale – based on a Bach cantata – seems to sum up the composer’s symphonic mastery. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in these live concert recordings, including a Symphony No. 4 hailed by The Guardian as ‘a performance of colossal proportions’.

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