MT125 .S681 1984 v.4
Symphony no. 4
Performed by Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Andre Previn explains how Brahms epitomizes the self-discipline and craftmanship needed to write a great symphony. In an opera or ballet, the story, scenery, costumes and effects all serve to distract the audience. In a concerto, the charisma of the soloist and the sheer brilliance of the playing can mask flaws in the composition. But with a symphony, the work must be judged solely on the composer's ability to develop his musical ideas. Brahms dared to write symphonies in the shadow of Beethoven ... and succeeded.
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