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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, June 2013

The Fourth Symphony is a most attractive work. Tennstedt…obtains lively, animated playing from the Stuttgart orchestra…Tennstedt gives a fine account of the slow movement, which is the most substantial portion of the work. Overall, this performance of Martinů’s is an impressive achievement.

Indeed, I’d go so far as to suggest that even if you have one or other of these later performances [of the Brahms] this one has a strong claim on your attentions. This is a terrific reading of the Brahms symphony…

The recorded sound for both performances is perfectly satisfactory.

Both these recordings are very valuable additions to the conductor’s discography. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Brian Wigman
Classical Net, June 2013

…these wonderful Stuttgart recordings are a fine tribute to [Tennstedt’s] memory. [The Brahms is] majestic yet also crackling with tension and energy. The Stuttgart forces simply play their hearts out…There is great virtuosity here, but also a great emotional quality…the conductor’s great gift seems to be humanizing the music with a great warmth and depth of feeling.

The Martinu…too is idiomatically rendered and fully worth hearing. Throughout, the sound provided by Stuttgart Radio is entirely acceptable… © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, March 2013

The Brahms Symphony No 1…live from Goeppingen achieves a hearty urgency that Tennstedt’s 1983 commercial recording with the London Philharmonic failed to capture. The virile sonority of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony…manages a robust intensity in the various string, brass, and woodwind choirs that produces a soaring, exalted Brahms experience even in the midst of its more tragic gestures.

The…Martinu Fourth Symphony in B-flat Major evinces a spirit of optimism…Visceral colors, resonant entries from the Stuttgart brass and wind choirs, and an unrelenting, elastic tension impel us to a spiritual victory… © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review




Norman Lebrecht
La Scena Musicale, January 2013

Bruckner and Mahler were Tennstedt’s prime specialities; who’d have imagined he would be so profound and evocative in the fourth symphony of Bohuslav Martinu? Tennstedt liked to say that he had a touch of Czech in him, but this is an interpretation to rank with the great Ancerl, penetrating a luminous sound world. It is paired with a glorious, ruminative performance of Brahms’s first, both played by the SWR Stuttgart Radio. © 2013 La Scena Musicale





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