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The Four Symphonies
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: October 2011
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802079 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 34 minutes
Vibrant performances with plenty of thrills (no spills!) played with passion. Phrases soar. This is brawny Brahms, unsentimental, clear-sighted. Antal Dorati’s flexible conducting encourages soulful song and athletic allegros. The sound, unfailingly vivid and immediate, can be edgy, but in time-honoured Mercury Living Stereo fashion there is nothing dull. These symphonies aren’t museum-pieces but alive, breathing works of musical art.