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Brahms: Symphonies 1-4
Johannes Brahms, Christoph Eschenbach, Houston Symphony
Brahms: Symphonies 1-4
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #4

Christoph Eschenbach's Brahms was generally savaged by the critics, which is a pity because it's very sincere and full of personality. Interpretively, it stands squarely in the German Romantic mode of conductors like Wilhe...  more »

     
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All Artists: Johannes Brahms, Christoph Eschenbach, Houston Symphony
Title: Brahms: Symphonies 1-4
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Label: Virgin Classics
Release Date: 4/22/1997
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 724356136021

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Christoph Eschenbach's Brahms was generally savaged by the critics, which is a pity because it's very sincere and full of personality. Interpretively, it stands squarely in the German Romantic mode of conductors like Wilhelm Furtwängler and Hermann Abendroth--thick, heavy textures, lots of speeding up and slowing down, and heaps of self-indulgent lyricism. It's magnificently played and recorded, and decidedly not the sort of thing for people who view Brahms as a "classicist." But taken on its own terms, it's hard not to be won over by Eschenbach's conviction and love of the music. --David Hurwitz

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Well-done, powerful, precise, yet expressive, never mushy
05/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have become a Brahms fan in the last few years, partly because of the good privilege of having Eschenbach as our conductor in Houston for these 11 years. Eschenbach makes every detail come forth. Even with his great expressiveness and lyricism that are so much a part of Brahms, Eschenbach never sounds mushy (like one recording I heard today), one reason I used to find Brahms dreadfully boring. Eschenbach brings out the rich sounding bass, one feature that sets Brahms apart from other composers. Eschenbach also performs with a high level of energy, an important part of German music. Eschenbach's Brahms tempos admittedly are slow (his live performance of the German Requiem in 1990 ran over 80 minutes), but given everything else he has to offer, it brings a dimension that helped transform Brahms from dreadfully boring to one of my top 3 (Heinrich Schütz and Bach are the other 2)."
A fantastic set of Brahms symphonies.
Tired of the BS | Washington, D.C. USA | 09/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What an unexpected surprise! The previous reviewers (one here and others on the reissue page) have it right: a truly remarkable set from Houston and Eschenbach. The guts and glory of Brahms' 4 great symphonies in superb sound. (I own the original Virgin release from England.)

At ANY price, this is a set to own.

(Who would have thought it? Well, my loss for not knowing about it sooner.)"