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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Haydn-Variations; Tragic Overture
Johannes Brahms, Kurt Sanderling, Dresden Staatskapelle
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Haydn-Variations; Tragic Overture
Genre: Classical
 
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  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #3

A thrilling Brahms cycle played by Germany's greatest orchestra under the baton of a legendary conductor. Do not confuse this set with Kurt Sanderling's later, less successful Brahms cycle on Capriccio. This is the one to ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Johannes Brahms, Kurt Sanderling, Dresden Staatskapelle
Title: Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Haydn-Variations; Tragic Overture
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: RCA
Release Date: 4/16/1995
Album Type: Box set
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 094786922021

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A thrilling Brahms cycle played by Germany's greatest orchestra under the baton of a legendary conductor. Do not confuse this set with Kurt Sanderling's later, less successful Brahms cycle on Capriccio. This is the one to get; it's just one more proof of the fact that there's no relationship between quality of performance and price. Even if you already have a decent selection of Brahms symphonies, you can afford to add this terrific set to your collection. --David Hurwitz

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Clearly superior to the sets from more glamorous conductors
Stan Vernooy | Henderson, NV | 06/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sanderling is less well-known in the US than others - Abbado, Karajan,
Bernstein, and many others. But no one has produced a more
consistently excellent set of Brahms symphonies than this....Brahms
is my favorite composer, so I've heard lots of recordings of all four
of these symphonies. In my opinion, Sanderling's Third and Fourth are
better than any other recordings I have heard - and that includes
Szell, Walter, Abbado, and Kleiber's Fourth - all highly praised. The
Second, although it lacks the excitement and vigor of Kertesz or the
currently unavailable Steinberg, is as loving and beautiful as anyone
could make it. Only in the First Symphony do I find Sanderling
uncompetitive with the very best. His performance there just seems a
bit rough and scrappy for my taste. The sound is as good as you could
ask for. This set is one of the least known true jewels of the entire
catalog. If you love Brahms, then you MUST have it!
"
Outstanding, definitely a best buy
Gregory M. Zinkl | Chicago, IL | 03/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While Barbirolli rules in Symphony #1, Sanderling's recording is still
quite wonderful. One must forgive the quavery horn solo in the
introduction to IV; but given that this is the one mar in the
performance, it's hardly worth mentioning. Such horn considerations
are more absent in the rest of the set, even in 3:III. Symphonies 2
and 3 are radiant (of course, Barbirolli is again to be recogned with
in 2 (his 3 is just awful, though), and Walter on Sony still dominates
in 3), and 4 is very exciting (although here Reiner on Chesky and
Kleiber on DG (tinny sound on the copy I heard) or Exclusive!
(brightly lit, but the Vienna warmth comes through well) are even
better.... You even get an exciting Tragic Overture, here brought off
very well, and a satisfying performance of the Haydn Variations. And
you get the wonderful Dresden string tone to wallow in. The
remastering and transfer to CD are fine. Another...set to look
out for, but I haven't heard yet (although the conductor has received
many raves) is Mandeal on Arte Nova with his Enescu orchestra.
"
The Definitive Number One
samueljamescat | 12/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've loaned out so many of my favorite copies of Brahms symphonies, that when I want to listen to one, I have to go to my shelves of vinyl. All of my Brahms symphonies are so plowed, that not even my good B&O turntable can rescue them.As a kid, I listened over and over to a Steinberg recording, especially of the 1st Symphony. I now find it harsh and overbearing, but the First remains my favorite. I finally settled on the Bruno Walter recording. Now I have heard this one; it is a peak experience on a recording. The strings are lush, without crushing anything, and the rapid runs are like a kid's first light bulb ignition. The brass color is like seeing a real Renoir for the first time, and the solos and winds aren't even a conscious thing, until it's all over. The Whole is overwhelmingly gentle.The conductor has to be special but I also purchased this same orchestra, doing Bruckner with a different conductor. Is it possible that this orchestra plays itself? They truly listen to one another. GREAT!"