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Brahms - Symphony No.4

Composer Johannes Brahms
Performer Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2383 SACD
EAN 7318599923833
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2020
Total time 72'50

Thomas Dausgaard’s four-disc traversal of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms is here brought to a close with the composer’s final work in the genre. The E minor Symphony is sometimes described as Brahms’ ‘elegiac symphony’, and has been called ‘one of the greatest orchestral works since Beethoven’. Typical for the composer is the striking degree of motivic relationships throughout the work. This includes&&& the finale in which Brahms demonstrates his full mastery in a towering Passacaglia consisting of 30 variations and a coda. The smallish forces of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra contribute to a transparency and clarity which bring out the finer details of Brahms’ compositional web.

As on previous instalments, the symphony is coupled with other works by Brahms. Included on the present disc is another late work, Tragic Overture, which concludes the programme. These two ‘serious’ works frame some of the most rousing and ebullient music Brahms ever wrote, namely his Hungarian Dances. Composed for piano four-hands, the 21 dances became immensely popular, and Brahms arranged three of them for orchestra himself. Having made his own orchestrations of the remaining 18 dances, Thomas Dausgaard has recorded the full set for his Brahms cycle, with the final nine dances included here.
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  Johannes Brahms
  Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op. 9 37'30
01 I. Allegro non troppo 11'41
02 II. Andante moderato 10'19
03 III. Allegro giocoso 6'02
04 IV. Allegro energico e passionato 9'28
  Hungarian Dances from WoO 1 21'55
05 No. 2 in D minor. Allegro non assai 2'52
06 No. 4 in F minor. Poco sostenuto 3'53
07 No. 8 in A minor. Presto 3'05
08 No. 9 in E minor. Allegro non troppo 2'03
09 No. 17 in F sharp minor. Andantino 2'59
10 No. 18 in D major. Molto vivace 1'27
11 No. 19 in B minor. Allegretto 1'43
12 No. 20 in E minor. Poco allegretto 2'26
13 No. 21 in E minor. Vivace 1'27
  Tragic Overture, Op. 81
14 Allegro ma non troppo 12'00
  Album total 72'50
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra

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