CD reviews – Vladimir Jurowski conducts Brahms Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

'The London Philharmonic Orchestra's strings combine passion and poise, the woodwinds are exquisite, and Jurowski accepts the music as a lyrical outpouring. In short, unlike John Eliot Gardiner's wham-bam approach, the LPO's principal conductor marries the best of tradition with the best of modern practice.' (4 stars)
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 24 January 2014

February 2014's release on the LPO Label is Brahms's Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 with the Orchestra's Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Jurowski. Here are the press reviews so far...

'They are at once modern their transparency and detailed nuance yet old-fashioned in their relaxed tempi, long, overarching phrasing and use of string portamento ... These LPO performances are true bargains as well as fine performances.'
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 26 January 2014

'Just when we're thinking there really is nothing new to say about Brahms's Symphonies, things start getting interesting again ... The freshness, the expressive generosity combined with feeling long evolving paragraphs, the liberating rhythmic vitality – they're all here ... I certainly enjoyed the finale of No. 4 enough to feel like joining in the applause at the end.'
Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, March 2014 (not online)

'The LPO has long been London's finest Brahms orchestra and it is from this tradition that Jurowski appears to have created his own sound palette, dark-hued but finely lit, with that precise 'terracing' of wind, brass and string sound without which no Brahms performance can hope fully to succeed.'
Richard Osborne, Gramophone, March 2014 (not online)

'This is an outstanding disc, strong in momentum, passionately detailed ... I have never heard a finer No. 3. In dull hands, the work can plod. Here, it is vibrant with drama and colour. Jurowski has the orchestra respond hypersensitively to Brahms's syncopations and ever-shifting dynamics. The violins in the finale's hammering tuttis are electric.'
David Cairns, The Sunday Times, 9 March 2014 (online access to subscribers only)

'Honest and intelligent performances that have thought through these two masterpieces'
John Warrack, International Record Review, March 2014 (not online)

'Both performances are presented in good sound and the LPO plays well for its principal conductor.'
John Quinn, Music Web International, 21 March 2014

'The playing is generally first class. What really shines in this recording are the myriad of Brahms' incredible counterpoint and orchestral inner lines.'
Anthony Kershaw,, 21 April 2014 


The CD is priced £9.99 and is available from the LPO website, Amazon or as a download from iTunes.

LPO-0075, released February 2014.

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