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Favorite Brahms Symphony?

Symphony no. 1
2 (50%)
Symphony no. 2
0 (0%)
Symphony no. 3
0 (0%)
Symphony no. 4
2 (50%)

Total Members Voted: 4

Voting closed: November 28, 2013, 01:00:43 AM

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Offline mjames

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Brahms
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:00:43 AM »
After re-discovering my love Brahms I wanted to have a discussion on his symphonies.
Out of the 4, the 4th is my favorite. The main theme of the 1st movement is so simple and yet so beautiful and powerful. I really love how he incorporates its variations later on in the work, especially right before the BIG BANG end.....
Second place would be the 3rd if it wasn't for that 1st movement, it sometimes puts me to sleep LOL

 

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Re: Brahms
«Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 10:03:08 AM »
It appears that very few people have ever heard Brahms' symphonies.  I don't even have recordings of them.

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Re: Brahms
«Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 10:23:25 PM »
I'm familiar with them, though I tend to go through phases of really liking them and phases of not caring at all.

They have all been transcribed for piano, btw, and next time I like them I'm going to dredge those out.
"What the world needs is more geniuses with humility. There are so few of us left" -- Oscar Levant

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Re: Brahms
«Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 08:49:54 PM »
I prefer the piano concertos

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Re: Brahms
«Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 02:38:41 AM »
The four Brahms symphonies are among my favorite works, even as a pianist. I would highly recommend the boxed set of the pieces recorded by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the late Sir Charles Mackerras. I have recordings from giant orchestras, e.g., NY Phil with Bernstein conducting, and yet I much prefer the Mackerras renditions with the SCO. They possess a rhythmic energy and clarity that is unmatched. Also fascinating is the companion CD with interviews of Mackerras, who clearly is a true Brahms scholar.

Viva Brahms!

 

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Re: Brahms
«Reply #5 on: November 27, 2013, 07:44:22 AM »
It appears that very few people have ever heard Brahms' symphonies.  I don't even have recordings of them.

It's a shame really, i think they're marvelous! :( Poor Brahms.