Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall’s Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia Orchestra are led by Christoph von Dohnányi in these captivating live recordings of Brahms’ Four Symphonies. The Philharmonia Orchestra is widely recognised as the UK’s finest orchestra with an impressive recording legacy. Christoph von Dohnányi has been principle conductor of the Philharmonia since 1997 and was appointed Honorary Conductor for life in 2008.
These live performances are about subtle shading and unexaggerated, probing thoughtfulness, bringing out the classical rather than the romantic side of Brahms – Classic FM magazine
A very sensitive interpreter … the slow movement [of the first symphony] is very lyrical, with some effective instrumental dovetailing and plenty of light and shade, and the finale generates an impressive sense of joyous release – Gramophone
Throughout the set the Philharmonia plays excellently – the rapport with the conductor is evident… these Dohnányi readings are consistent and very rewarding – MusicWeb International