Brahms Symphonies Barenboim

Schumann: The Symphonies - Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin (2004)

Schumann: The Symphonies - Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMAGE+CUE, LOG | 571 MB | Covers(front + back)
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | Catalog Number: 61179 | RAR 3% Rec. | RS/Hotfile/Fileserve

Daniel Barenboim turned in a very decent if a touch heavy-handed account of Schumann's symphonies for DG with the Chicago Symphony, but this set is something else altogether: conducting of genius that immediately leaps to the top of the heap, sharing that position with the likes of Szell, Bernstein, and Sawallisch, while sounding better than any of them. Given the excellence of his Beethoven symphony cycle with these same forces, I expected good results from Barenboim, but nothing prepared me for music-making so gripping that you can play both discs and all four symphonies straight through at a single sitting and never once find your attention distracted (even at 2 am!). In fact there's so much going on here interpretively that verbal description can barely scratch the surface–but imagine Szell's care with balances (and liberal instrumental retouching here and there) allied to a healthy dose of Bernstein's animal energy and Sawallisch's light textures and ability to float a phrase at speed, and you'll have a good picture of what to expect. Barenboim doesn't put a foot wrong anywhere and these are some of the most treacherous works in existence.

Brahms Symphonies Complete, Barenboim, CSO CD 4  

Posted by Alvensson at Dec. 1, 2008
Brahms Symphonies Complete, Barenboim, CSO CD 4

Brahms Symphonies Complete, Barenboim, CSO CD 4
DDD | APE (EAC Rip) CUE | covers (300dpi) | 850 Mb

Brahms Symphonies Complete CD3, Barenboim, CSO  

Posted by Alvensson at Nov. 28, 2008
Brahms Symphonies Complete CD3, Barenboim, CSO

Brahms Symphonies Complete CD3
Chicago Symphony Orchestra dir. Daniel Barenboim

DDD | TT:59:18 | APE (EAC Rip) CUE | covers (300dpi) | 230 Mb

Brahms Symphonies Complete CD2, Barenboim, CSO  

Posted by Alvensson at Nov. 27, 2008
Brahms Symphonies Complete CD2, Barenboim, CSO

Brahms Symphonies Complete CD2
Chicago Symphony Orchestra dir. Daniel Barenboim

DDD | TT:54:43 | APE (EAC Rip) CUE | covers (300dpi) | 220 Mb

Brahms Symphonies Complete CD1, Barenboim, CSO  

Posted by Alvensson at Nov. 25, 2008
Brahms Symphonies Complete CD1, Barenboim, CSO

Brahms Symphonies Complete CD1
Chicago Symphony Orchestra dir. Daniel Barenboim

DDD | TT:47:26 | APE (EAC Rip) CUE | covers (300dpi) | 190 Mb
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies (2012) 3CD Set

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies (2012) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 942 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | # CPO 777720-2 | Time: 03:30:55

One might expect Andrew Manze's interpretations of Johannes Brahms' four symphonies to adhere to ideas of the movement for historically informed performance practice, due to his scholarship and dedication to authenticity in his early music performances. However, and somewhat paradoxically, he and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra have delivered more or less mainstream readings on modern instruments; there are no signs of late 19th century woodwind or brass timbres, and the strings play with standard vibrato. Yet Manze's historical fact finding has gone to a deeper level than just replicating instrumentation or orchestral scale, and he has found numerous clues to Brahms' intentions in the composer's transcriptions of the symphonies for two pianos, which often vary with the published orchestral scores in accentuation, tempo indications, and phrasing. These are fine points that can be discerned with careful listening and great familiarity with many other recordings of the symphonies, both conventional and historic, but they may not be the main thing listeners will consider in appreciating this set.

Brahms - Symphonies Nos.1-4 (Otto Klemperer) (2004)  

Posted by Ebisu at June 6, 2014
Brahms - Symphonies Nos.1-4 (Otto Klemperer) (2004)

Brahms - Symphonies Nos.1-4 (Otto Klemperer) (2004)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 0.97 GB
Label: EMI | Catalog N.: 5 62742 2 | TT: 213:48

Otto Klemperer's Brahms needs no introduction. It remains a classic reference edition, one of the very few complete cycles with absolutely no weak links. It's customary to call these performances "granitic", an adjective that certainly applies to the First Symphony but doesn't begin to describe the swift and thrilling finale of the Fourth, the grand but impulsive Third (with its first-movement repeat in place), or the warmly lyrical Second. In general Klemperer's unsentimental but always gripping approach to this music practically defines the word "idiomatic". The Alto Rhapsody with Christa Ludwig also is one of the great ones, while the shorter works share the same virtues as the symphonies.
Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (Vladimir Jurowski) (2010)

Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (Vladimir Jurowski) (2010)
Classical | Eac, Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 359.76 MB
Label: LPO | Catalog N.: LPO-0043 | TT - 85:47

This CD captures the impassioned live performances of Brahms’s first two symphonies conducted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Jurowski came to international attention and recognition on disc in 2005 with two Tchaikovsky releases: Suite No.3 on PentaTone and on the LPO label his debut recording Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, both widely and critically acclaimed releases. As Hugh Canning in The Sunday Times noted 'Jurowski is proving himself one of the rising podium stars, especially in his native Russian music'.
Brahms: Symphonies Nos 2 - 4; Serenade No. 2 - Wiener Philharmoniker; István Kertėsz (rare)

Johannes Brahms: Symphonies No. 2 in D major, Op. 73, No. 3 in F major Op. 90, No. 4 in E minor Op. 98, Serenade No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra (Op. 73); István Kertėsz conductor

Classical | 2 CD | EAC Rip | 687 Mb | FLAC+LOG+M3u | No Cue | No scans | 8 RS links
Publisher: Decca

Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com
This was Istvan Kertesz' last major project. Early in the 1960s, he had conducted the Dvorřak symphonies with such authority that he recorded the complete cycle for London–an epoch-making set that's still highly recommended today. For those recordings Kertesz had the London Symphony Orchestra, but his best recordings were made in Vienna. His notorious dislike of rehearsals was bound to appeal to the equally relaxed and tradition-conscious Viennese, particularly when it came to music they knew well. The result is a real musical love-in, with the orchestra the star of the show and the performance some of the best Brahms that money can buy. –David Hurwitz
J. Brahms: Symphonies No. 3 in F major & No. 4 in E minor - The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell

Johannes Brahms: Symphonies No. 3 in F major Op. 90 & No. 4. in E minor Op. 98 -
The Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell, conductor

Classical | 2 CD | EAC Rip | 543 MB | FLAC+LOG+M3U+Cue | Full scans | 3 RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical

Szell's performances are very satisfying indeed. His Brahms is robust in strong movements, yet expressive in quiet ones, even if not so deeply embtional as we hear from some conductors. He practically never allows any mannerisms of interpretation… As to the playing, it is very fine; and it is good to be reminded again of this orchestra's soaring violins, its distinguished solo playing, its corporate discipline and rhythm. Very thrilling Brahms. T. H. Gramophone 1973