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Brahms - Symphony No.4

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Catalogue numberBIS-2383 SACD
Release date2020-08-07
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time72:50

Thomas Dausgaard’s four-disc traversal of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms is here brought to a close with the composer’s final work in the genre. The E minor Symphony is sometimes described as Brahms’ ‘elegiac symphony’, and has been called ‘one of the greatest orchestral works since Beethoven’. Typical for the composer is the striking degree of motivic relationships throughout the work. This includes the finale in which Brahms demonstrates his full mastery in a towering Passacaglia consisting of 30 variations and a coda. The smallish forces of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra contribute to a transparency and clarity which bring out the finer details of Brahms’ compositional web.

As on previous instalments, the symphony is coupled with other works by Brahms. Included on the present disc is another late work, Tragic Overture, which concludes the programme. These two ‘serious’ works frame some of the most rousing and ebullient music Brahms ever wrote, namely his Hungarian Dances. Composed for piano four-hands, the 21 dances became immensely popular, and Brahms arranged three of them for orchestra himself. Having made his own orchestrations of the remaining 18 dances, Thomas Dausgaard has recorded the full set for his Brahms cycle, with the final nine dances included here.
 
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  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op. 9 37:51
01 I. Allegro non troppo 11:45 $ 2.82 USD
02 II. Andante moderato 10:23 $ 2.49 USD
03 III. Allegro giocoso 06:04 $ 1.46 USD
04 IV. Allegro energico e passionato 09:39 $ 2.32 USD
 
  Hungarian Dances from WoO 1 22:18
05 No. 2 in D minor. Allegro non assai 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
06 No. 4 in F minor. Poco sostenuto 03:54 $ 0.94 USD
07 No. 8 in A minor. Presto 03:06 $ 0.74 USD
08 No. 9 in E minor. Allegro non troppo 02:04 $ 0.50 USD
09 No. 17 in F sharp minor. Andantino 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
10 No. 18 in D major. Molto vivace 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
11 No. 19 in B minor. Allegretto 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
12 No. 20 in E minor. Poco allegretto 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
13 No. 21 in E minor. Vivace 01:40 $ 0.40 USD
 
  Tragic Overture, Op. 81
14 Allegro ma non troppo 12:33 $ 3.01 USD
 
  Album total 72:50
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra

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