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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, April 2014

Overall, Thielemann presents Brahms in moderate or sometimes even slow tempos, but manages generally to give the music an edge and some muscle. Dynamics are wide ranging, with fortes especially potent but not raucous or piercing. The playing by the orchestra is quite good…

…this is a fine performance all around.

I would say that if you are looking for a video set of the Brahms symphonies it would be hard to imagine a better one than this thoughtful effort by Thielemann, especially considering the excellent sound reproduction, camera work and picture clarity. Highly recommended! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review




Lawrence D. Devoe, MD
Blu-rayDefinition.com, February 2014

The videographers, regardless of differing venues, crews and directors, bring superior images and camera work to each performance with great attention to the details of each score and appropriate coverage of the ensemble and solo parts…The color palette is quite natural appearing.

What Thielemann and his Dresden players bring to this well-known repertory is a thoughtful and consistent point of view that shows listeners the many elements that unify symphonies that, at face value, seem so disparate. With this release, we now have a set that will prove enjoyable, often illuminating, and certainly essential for all classical music lovers. Highly recommended. © 2014 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review




Jeffrey Kauffman
Blu-ray.com, January 2014

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies and Discovering Brahms…is a worthy follow up to Thielemann’s incredibly exciting Beethoven cycle. The performances here are top notch…The bonus documentary is another splendid peek inside Thielemann’s approach to these iconic works. Highly recommended. © 2014 Blu-ray.com Read complete review



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, January 2014

Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 run 118 minutes on the first disc, while Nos. 3 & 4 run only 90 minutes…Thielemann has a smooth, easy grasp of the classics that make watching and hearing him bring them to life always a pleasure to enjoy. © 2014 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review





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