Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1–4
Rafael Kubelik
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824969
Barcode
00028948249695
Format
2-CD
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
CD 1
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

CD 2
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Wiener Philharmoniker
Rafael Kubelík

FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON DECCA CD

Recording information

Recording Producers: John Culshaw, Erik Smith (Symphony Nos. 1 & 3); John Culshaw (No. 2); Victor Olof, Peter Andry (No. 4)
Balance Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Brown (Nos. 1–3); Cyril Windebank, James Brown (No. 4)
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 23–24 September 1957 (No. 1), 4–8 March 1957 (No. 2), 28–29 September 1957 (No. 3), 24–25 March 1956 (No. 4)
Remastering Engineer: Paschal Byrne (Audio Archiving Company)

Reviews

‘The performance illuminated by the fine general quality of sound is a strong one … The symphony is kept moving throughout, culminating in a finale which is positively exhilarating.’ (Symphony No.1) Gramophone

‘The slow movement is taken unusually slowly but Kubelík justified it in drawing hushed expressive playing from the Vienna orchestra.’ (Symphony No. 1) The Stereo Record Guide

‘Kubelík’s performance has a splendid impulse to it; and the Vienna Philharmonic is at its best … this is an exciting version.’ Gramophone (Symphony No.2)

‘The strong point […] is the breadth of dynamic range, and this tells particularly in the finale.’ (Symphony No. 3) The Stereo Record Guide

‘Kubelík gives a smooth and loving reading of the work, reserving excitement, as such, for the finale. The excitement, in fact, is doubly effective when held in reserve.’ Gramophone (Symphony No.4)