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Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1-4

Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra

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These London Symphony Orchestra recordings were made at the Barbican in London in 2003 and 2004. The set includes not only the four Brahms symphonies but also the Tragic Overture, Op. 81, the Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102, and the Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16. It adds up to more than four hours of music, but one can make a strong case for this as the Brahms set to own for those who want just one, especially for those who aren't concerned with audio quality. There is much to sink one's teeth into here -- over a lifetime. There are conductors with greater warmth than Bernard Haitink, and there are those who chip away stone to reveal Brahms' intricacies, but perhaps none where these elements are in such perfect balance. Haitink delivers a classically noble Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, the work in which Brahms finally came to terms with the overwhelming influence of Beethoven. Yet, in smaller details, too, the set is delightful. Sample the perfectly sculpted rhythmic fillips in the Scherzo of the Serenade No. 2. The passacaglia finale of the Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, is a profound structure built painstakingly from small details. The list goes on; almost everywhere here is something to consider at length.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
00:13:43

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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2
II. Andante sostenuto
00:08:38

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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3
III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
00:04:42

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4
IV. Adagio - Più andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Più allegro
00:17:17

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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5
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
00:15:06

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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DISC 2

Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102, "Double Concerto" (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Allegro
00:17:26

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Tim Hugh, Cello, MainArtist - Gordan Nikolitch, Violin, MainArtist

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2
II. Andante
00:07:20

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Tim Hugh, Cello, MainArtist - Gordan Nikolitch, Violin, MainArtist

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3
III. Vivace non troppo
00:08:53

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Tim Hugh, Cello, MainArtist - Gordan Nikolitch, Violin, MainArtist

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Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (Johannes Brahms)

4
I. Allegro non troppo
00:16:00

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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5
II. Adagio non troppo
00:09:51

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6
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino)
00:05:34

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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7
IV. Allegro con spirito
00:09:39

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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DISC 3

Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16 (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Allegro moderato
00:08:12

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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2
II. Scherzo. Vivace - Trio
00:02:47

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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3
III. Adagio non troppo
00:07:19

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4
IV. Quasi menuetto - Trio
00:05:17

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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5
V. Rondo. Allegro
00:05:46

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (Johannes Brahms)

6
I. Allegro con brio
00:14:31

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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7
II. Andante
00:08:58

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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8
III. Poco allegretto
00:06:48

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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9
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
00:09:24

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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DISC 4

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Allegro non troppo
00:13:20

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

2
II. Andante moderato
00:11:28

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

3
III. Allegro giocoso
00:06:17

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

4
IV. Allegro energico e passionato
00:10:12

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

Album review

These London Symphony Orchestra recordings were made at the Barbican in London in 2003 and 2004. The set includes not only the four Brahms symphonies but also the Tragic Overture, Op. 81, the Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102, and the Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16. It adds up to more than four hours of music, but one can make a strong case for this as the Brahms set to own for those who want just one, especially for those who aren't concerned with audio quality. There is much to sink one's teeth into here -- over a lifetime. There are conductors with greater warmth than Bernard Haitink, and there are those who chip away stone to reveal Brahms' intricacies, but perhaps none where these elements are in such perfect balance. Haitink delivers a classically noble Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, the work in which Brahms finally came to terms with the overwhelming influence of Beethoven. Yet, in smaller details, too, the set is delightful. Sample the perfectly sculpted rhythmic fillips in the Scherzo of the Serenade No. 2. The passacaglia finale of the Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, is a profound structure built painstakingly from small details. The list goes on; almost everywhere here is something to consider at length.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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