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Published on Jun 30, 2009
The name of Simon Rattle had not been closely associated with the works of Johannes Brahms so it was even more rewarding when his first Brahms recording with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Ein deutsches Requiem, won critical accolades and both Grammy and Classic FM/ Gramophone awards. Now Sir Simon and the Orchestra have committed to disc the complete Brahms symphonies, recorded in concert at Berlins Philharmonie in the autumn of 2008. In the words of Die Zeit, Simon Rattle has finally dared to tackle Brahms with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He combines Furtwänglers monumentality with Karajans beautiful sound.
The Brahms symphonies concerts drew praise from the German critics: The fourth symphony was an ecstatic apotheosis of what current orchestral playing, quick reactions and scarcely sketched annotations can get out of this work which has long since become a classic. Especially the Passacaglia finale was a finely-dosed wonder of sound refinement and harmonic finesse. Rattle appears to have finally conquered his difficult Berliners. (Die Welt)
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