© 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd (CD1); BBC (CD2)
Recorded at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London on 14 October 1992 (Symphony No. 1) and 7 April 1983 (Symphony No. 3)
Total playing time: 84.30
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Released November 2012

CD: Brahms – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

Brahms Symphony No. 1
Brahms Symphony No. 3

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Klaus Tennstedt enjoyed a close and enduring relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra that resulted in his appointment as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Music Director in 1983, later becoming its Conductor Laureate. Renowned for his interpretations of the German Romantic repertoire, Tennstedt once said he loved the LPO so much because ‘it is a romantic orchestra’. Here he conducts the Orchestra in live concert performances of Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3. 

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‘No wonder the LPO loved Tennstedt. In these live recordings from the Royal Festival Hall, they respond like musicians possessed … The detail in the first movement of Brahms 1 is wonderful, yet at the same time the music is realised in a single tragic arc.’
David Cairns, The Sunday Times, November 2012

‘These are deeply sympathetic Brahms performances. The account of the Third Symphony in particular is quite wonderful, the finest live account to be preserved on disc since Furtwängler’s celebrated 1949 Berlin performance … Make no mistake, this is Brahms conducting of rare moment and pedigree.’ (Editor’s Choice)
Richard Osborne, Gramophone, February 2013

‘The First Symphony was a Klaus Tennstedt favourite. His turbulent, heroic readings always struck home in his balance of the drama of the outer movements with the unforced contrasts beguilingly unfolded in the central two. Never more so that in this live performance with his trusty London Philharmonic on top form in London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1993.’
Ian Julier, International Record Review, February 2013

'As we’re reminded so often with the live Tennstedt recordings which have been issued in recent years, the LPO used to play their hearts out for him and these two performances are no exception to that rule'
John Quinn, MusicWeb International, February 2013

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