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Brahms: Symphony No. 4

John Eliot Gardiner

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Several conductors associated with period-style performances of Baroque and Classical music have turned their batons to Romantic works, trying out what is known of authentic 19th century practices on repertoire that has otherwise been burdened by 20th century interpretations. In this 2010 release by John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, attention is focused on the Symphony No. 4 in E minor by Johannes Brahms, notwithstanding the first nine tracks, which offer shorter works by Beethoven, Gabrieli, Schütz, Bach, and Brahms as a warm-up. These tracks serve as an excellent sampler of what Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the orchestra of original instruments usually record, with an emphasis on early music and particularly choral works. All the same, approach the performance of the symphony with the foreknowledge that Gardiner likes his tempos quite brisk, a string tone with minimal vibrato and a characteristic timbral sheen, and a lean and transparent ensemble sound -- all features that are apparent in the opening selections -- and then decide if this is too jarring a transformation for this work. Many who grew up with conventional readings of Brahms will miss the rich, burnished tone that was fostered for decades by many eminent conductors. Gardiner's version is really spare in textures and even busy-sounding, as if the musicians are in a hurry to zip through the work. As a result, many things are glossed over, especially Brahms' brilliant interplay of rhythms. There is precious little of the glowing sonorities that have become associated with Brahms' final symphony, and Gardiner's clipped accents and fast tempos seem almost too brusque for this famous autumnal work. Listeners who feel that a streamlined approach to the Brahms symphonies is long overdue will rejoice, but for others, Gardiner's choices will be controversial, perhaps even more than his daring innovations in performing Beethoven.
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Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
Overture to Collin's Coriolan, Op. 62, "Coriolan Overture"
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
00:06:51

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

Symphoniae Sacrae (1615) (Giovanni Gabrieli)

2
Sanctus-Benedictus a 12
Monteverdi Choir
00:03:37

Giovanni Gabrieli, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

Symphoniae sacrae III, Op. 12 (Heinrich Schütz)

3
Symphoniarum sacrarum III, Op. 12: No. 18. Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich, SWV 415
Monteverdi Choir
00:03:49

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn
Monteverdi Choir
00:02:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

5
Ciacona: Meine Tage in dem Leide
Monteverdi Choir
00:02:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 (arr. J.E. Gardiner for chorus and strings) (Johannes Brahms)

6
Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 (arr. J.E. Gardiner for chorus and strings)
Monteverdi Choir
00:05:18

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Composer, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

Fest- und Gedenkspruche (Festive and Memorial Verses), Op. 109 (Johannes Brahms)

7
No. 1. Unsere Vater hofften auf dich
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:46

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

8
No. 2. Wenn ein starker Gewappneter
Monteverdi Choir
00:02:42

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

9
No. 3. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk
Monteverdi Choir
00:04:43

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

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

10
I. Allegro non troppo
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
00:11:13

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

11
II. Andante moderato
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
00:10:39

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

12
III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
00:05:36

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

13
IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
00:09:35

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2010 SDG (P) 2010 SDG

Album Description

Several conductors associated with period-style performances of Baroque and Classical music have turned their batons to Romantic works, trying out what is known of authentic 19th century practices on repertoire that has otherwise been burdened by 20th century interpretations. In this 2010 release by John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, attention is focused on the Symphony No. 4 in E minor by Johannes Brahms, notwithstanding the first nine tracks, which offer shorter works by Beethoven, Gabrieli, Schütz, Bach, and Brahms as a warm-up. These tracks serve as an excellent sampler of what Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the orchestra of original instruments usually record, with an emphasis on early music and particularly choral works. All the same, approach the performance of the symphony with the foreknowledge that Gardiner likes his tempos quite brisk, a string tone with minimal vibrato and a characteristic timbral sheen, and a lean and transparent ensemble sound -- all features that are apparent in the opening selections -- and then decide if this is too jarring a transformation for this work. Many who grew up with conventional readings of Brahms will miss the rich, burnished tone that was fostered for decades by many eminent conductors. Gardiner's version is really spare in textures and even busy-sounding, as if the musicians are in a hurry to zip through the work. As a result, many things are glossed over, especially Brahms' brilliant interplay of rhythms. There is precious little of the glowing sonorities that have become associated with Brahms' final symphony, and Gardiner's clipped accents and fast tempos seem almost too brusque for this famous autumnal work. Listeners who feel that a streamlined approach to the Brahms symphonies is long overdue will rejoice, but for others, Gardiner's choices will be controversial, perhaps even more than his daring innovations in performing Beethoven.
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