Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Symphonies-No 3, Op 90

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Symphonies-No 3, Op 90

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Brahms

Symphonies--No 3, Op 90; No 4, Op 98

Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Simone Young

Oehms [F][SACD] OC677 (74' * DDD/DSD)

Recorded live

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The other half of Young's Hamburg Brahms cycle

There are one or two magical moments here. The most obvious wafts in for the coda of the Third Symphony's Andante, where, beyond the sounding of mellifluous horns, Simone Young cues a radiant choir of strings, easing the tempo just enough for a glow not to slump into a wallow. I was surprised that for the return of the second theme in the Fourth Symphony's second movement she opts for relative restraint (the passage is after all marked poco forte espressivo), which does rather leave the heartstrings aching for more, but it's a sensitive performance for all that, nicely played. The scherzo is very fast, with a brief pause before the sfbrzando growl in the fifth bar.

Elsewhere, although the symphonies' varying moods are well captured, I missed a crucial element of clarity. …

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