On 8/1/2018 5:03 AM, jrsnfld wrote:
> On Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:37:37 AM UTC-7, Bob Harper wrote:
>> I know there was a thread about this not too long ago, but I'm unable to
>> find it. Recommendations, either alone or in a set.
>> Bob Harper
> There are so many great Brahms cycles with excellent 4ths in good sound.
> Recently my go-to cycle has been the superb Asahina/Osaka cycle on Pony Canyon--so many wonderful details rendered just right, so much logical force behind every decision, so satisfying, fine sound. A great 4th with a sense of inevitability.
No sign of this, but I see an Asahina Brahms with the New Japan
Philharmonic. Are you familiar with that? Amazing how little Asahina
is in print, even in Japan.
> One of my favorite 4ths is Mravinsky/Leningrad from 1973. Wonderful flow in his phrasing, as always, richly appointed orchestra. Maybe not perfect for every taste, and certainly the sound obscures some of the detail. Unless you're a Mravinsky fan, it might not separate itself from other elite performances. But stick around to the fourth movement and oh my , what a tour de force of imposing, intimidating orchestral utterance! Oozing from every pore its exquisite, precisely crafted expression. Well worth hearing--probably easy to find on YT for a test drive.
> And: Dated but clear sonics are nicely balanced in the Markevitch/Lamoureux on DG, and Markevitch is equally clear eyed and clear headed, as always. He was born to conduct this music. Right from the opening, it moves smartly, confidently, beautifully. Very far from the (equally wonderful) wallows of the later Bernstein recording, closer to Kleiber but here we never lose warmth and refined color.
> The Lamoreaux orchestra has gorgeous wind playing, especially the flute in the last movement, by the way--essentially to any successful Brahms.