Brahms: Symphony No. 4 / Gardiner

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Catalog: SDG705
Format: CD

The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Brahms: Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109 / Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 / Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
G. Gabrieli: Sanctus et Benedictus a 12
Schütz: Responsorium: Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich SWV 415

Gramophone Editor's Choice - November 2010
Soli Deo Gloria is proud to release the last instalment of its successful Brahms Symphony series which sees John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique explore the music of Johannes Brahms. This album is a celebration of the Fourth Symphony and the various pieces that contributed to its making. From baroque to romantic, and from great orchestral pieces to intimate choral works, the listener gains a wonderful insight into Brahms’s mind and music making, through pieces that he loved and inspired him. The Fourth Symphony was described by Richard Strauss as “a giant work, great in concept an invention, masterful in its form, and yet from A to Z genuine Brahms, in a word, an enrichment to our art”. Drawing from many sources of the musical past, it is nevertheless absolutely unique. It is impregnated with baroque influence – the Finale was directly inspired by Bach’s cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich. Brahms enjoyed conducting less known old repertoire such as Gabrieli’s Sanctus Benedictus and Schütz’s Saul, Saul. They influenced his choral writing as we can hear in the Geistliches Lied. Brahms was also famously inspired by Beethoven, and the Finale to the Fourth clearly owes to his Coriolan overture. The booklet includes a conversation between John Eliot Gardiner and composer Hugh Wood, explaining how the pieces relate to each other and giving a moving account of Brahms as a composer and as a man.