Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Carlos Kleiber & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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||Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo||Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Carlos Kleiber||12:56||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: II. Andante moderato||Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Carlos Kleiber||11:24||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I||Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Carlos Kleiber||6:09||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro||Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Carlos Kleiber||9:14||$1.29||View in iTunes|
The definitive version of an outstanding symphony
Kleiber, who passed on earlier this year, brings his perfectionism to Brahms in this 1981 recording done with the Vienna Philharmonic. In my humble opinion, this is one of the top five symphonies of the eighteenth century, and a must for even the most casual classical listener. And this is recording to obtain - a legendary performance.
Actually, this is one of the outstanding symphonies of the 19th century. Brahms was born in 1833 and wasn't even a twinkle in his old man's eye in the 18th century! Sorry to nitpick but I agree, THE best recording of a great symphony. Too bad it's such a skimpy CD content. Worth it though.
This is by far one of the best interpretations of Brahms 4th that I've ever heard. At same time sincere, evocative, powerful. The final movement comes through with the knock out blow!
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