Brahms, Schumann: Symphonies

Brahms, Schumann: Symphonies
Josef Krips
Catalogue No.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Wiener Philharmoniker
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
London Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 1 in B flat, Op. 38 ‘Spring’
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
London Symphony Orchestra

Josef Krips

Recording information

Recording Producers: John Culshaw (Brahms No. 1); Victor Olof (Brahms No. 4); James Walker (Schumann No. 1); Christopher Whelan (Schumann No. 4)
Balance Engineers: James Brown (Brahms No. 1); unidentified (Brahms No. 4); Ken Cress (Schumann No. 4); Gordon Parry (Schumann No. 4)
Recording Locations: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, October 1956 (Brahms No. 1); Kingsway Hall, London, United Kingdom, April 1950 (Brahms No. 4), October 1956 (Schumann No. 4), May 1957 (Schumann No. 1)


‘The Schumann [Fourth] shows powerful structural conviction … It begins by striking just the right ominous note, and the Allegro grows from this compellingly … Krips’s avoidance of easy sentimentality is welcome, as is his refusal to linger affectionately over passages that please him at the expense of overall vision. Transfers are up to Decca’s customary high quality, giving a clean, immediate sound.’ Gramophone

‘Krips’s smiling, companionable approach is so sympathetic’ (Schumann Symphony No. 1) Gramophone

‘An extremely fine performance in many ways with plenty of weight and sense of purpose. The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is both sensitive and splendidly alive; the slow movement is thoroughly felt and eloquently phrased. Krips’s reading combines strength and tenderness, power and lyrical feeling’ (Brahms Symphony No. 1) Gramophone

‘Superb … There are no histrionics about Krips’s reading, in which everything is beautifully proportioned and carefully calculated. The music moves forward to its natural climaxes in each of the four movements with a wonderful feeling of inevitability that leads logically and dramatically to the crowning achievement of the great Finale. The orchestral playing is sensitive, vigorous, and poised to a nicety, and the recording does full justice to it.’ (Brahms Symphony No. 4) Gramophone