© 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at 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

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

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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'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

'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

'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

'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

'Honest and intelligent performances that have thought through these two masterpieces'
John Warrack, International Record Review, March 2014

'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, Audiophilia.com, 21 April 2014

On Symphony No. 3: 'The cellos sound ravishing in the Allegretto, and so does the solo horn that comes later. The finale is fast enough to be tremendously exciting, most notably in the cutting string figures that end the exposition, here sharp as knives.'
Simon Thompson, Music Web International, 7 January 2015

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