Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Live) Wiener Symphoniker & Philippe Jordan

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Label: Wiener Symphoniker

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: Wiener Symphoniker & Philippe Jordan

Composer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68:
  • 1Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro (Live)15:34
  • 2Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto (Live)08:19
  • 3Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso (Live)04:41
  • 4Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio (Live)16:52
  • Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73:
  • 5Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: I. Allegro non troppo (Live)19:33
  • 6Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: II. Adagio non troppo (Live)09:08
  • 7Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: III. Allegretto grazioso (Live)05:22
  • 8Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: IV. Allegro con spirito (Live)09:20
  • Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90:
  • 9Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio (Live)12:34
  • 10Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90: II. Andante (Live)08:28
  • 11Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto (Live)05:51
  • 12Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90: IV. Allegro (Live)09:04
  • Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98:
  • 13Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo (Live)12:42
  • 14Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: II. Andante moderato (Live)10:42
  • 15Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso (Live)06:08
  • 16Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato (Live)09:47
  • Total Runtime02:44:05

Info for Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Live)

After the critically acclaimed recording of Beethoven's nine symphonies, the Wiener Symphoniker present now under the direction of their outgoing Music Director Philippe Jordan another cyclical recording: The Symphonies by Johannes Brahms. It had taken 14 years of preparatory work before Brahms ventured to complete his First Symphony in 1876. The four symphonies that emerged in the following decade are not only touching measurements of the human soul's landscape but also the central creative legacy of the great romantic composer. They have been inextricably linked to Vienna, which had been since 1872 the composer's adopted home, as well as to the history of the Wiener Symphoniker. They were recorded in autumn 2019 in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, which meets the acoustic requirements of Brahms' symphonies like no other concert hall. After all two of them had been premiered here while the other two had been performed here for the first time in Austria. This latest CD production by the Wiener Symphoniker also marks the end of Philippe Jordan's tenure as Music Director of the orchestra. With this further culmination of their artistic collaboration, the aegis of Jordan as the musical director of the orchestra ends after six gratifying and formative years.

This latest production by the Wiener Symphoniker also marks the end of Philippe Jordan's tenure as Music Director.

Wiener Symphoniker
Philippe Jordan, conductor

Philippe Jordan
has already established himself as one of the most gifted and exciting conductors of his generation. At present, he is Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris and Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker.Philippe Jordan’s musical education began with piano lessons at the age of six. At the age of eight, he joined the Zurich Sängerknaben and he was eleven when he began studying violin. At sixteen, he entered the Zurich Conservatory where he obtained his diploma of piano teacher with honors. He studied theory and composition with the Swiss composer Hans Ulrich Lehmann and continued his piano studies with Karl Engel. At the same time, he worked as assistant to Maestro Jeffrey Tate on Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Châtelet in Paris. He continues to appear occasionally as pianist in recital and chamber music. His career began in 1994–95 as Kapellmeister of the Ulm Stadttheater. From 1998–2001, he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. From 2001–04, he held the position of Chief Conductor of the Graz Opera and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. In this period he made his debut at several prestigious international opera houses and festivals, the Houston Grand Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatro alla Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Salzburger Festspiele (Cosi fan tutte), the Wiener Staatsoper, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden (Tannhäuser) and the Bayreuth Festival (Parsifal). From 2006–10, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden. Highlights of previous seasons include his opera debut at the Teatro alla Scala (Der Rosenkavalier). Philippe Jordan’s orchestral engagements have included the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Vienna RSO, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Zurich, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, NDR/Hamburg Symphony, DSO Berlin, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Rotterdam Phil- harmonic Orchestra and the Munchner Philharmoniker. In North America, he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota, Montreal, New York and San Francisco.

Wiener Symphoniker
As Vienna’s cultural ambassador and premier concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion’s share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the city. The preservation of the traditional, Viennese orchestral sound occupies a central role in the orchestra’s many artistic pursuits. The Wiener Symphoniker is one of Europe’s most prestigious ensembles and boasts 128 members. For this reason, the orchestra is precisely the right vehicle for the great Romantic works of Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss that constitute its core repertoire.

The Vienna Musikverein and nearby Konzerthaus are the principal performing venues of the Wiener Symphoniker. The orchestra has also been in residence at the Bregenzer Festspiele since 1946 and continues to maintain close ties to the festival. Beginning in 2006, the orchestra added another feather to its cap: The Wiener Symphoniker now serves as resident opera orchestra for a whole host of stylistically diverse productions taking place at the Theater an der Wien. Periodic international tours to the most important music centers round out the extensive portfolio of this traditional, Viennese orchestra.

Booklet for Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Live)

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