In his four symphonies, composed between 1876 and 1885, Johannes Brahms proved himself a worthy heir to Beethoven. Grand in their scale, the symphonies embody the warmth, nobility and expressivity of the Romantic era. Conductor Kurt Masur - like Brahms - exemplifies the German musical tradition. The respected Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, he became Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1991, achieving a triumphant fusion of Old World spirit and New World dynamism. This box set includes the four symphonies, as well as several of Brahms's other most popular orchestral and choral works.
With Sylvia McNair, Haken Hakagaard, Westminster Choir
CD 1: Symphony No. 1 & Tragic Overture
CD 2: Symphony No. 2 & Academic Festival Overture
CD 3: Symphony No. 3 & Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
CD 4: Symphony No. 4 & Schicksalslied
CD 5: Ein deutsches Requiem