LSO's Brahms disc short but very sweet
Bernard Haitink leds the London Symphony Orchestra to a sweeping, passionate performance of Brahms' Symphony No.4
Repertoire: Symphony No.4
Artists: LSO/Bernard Haitink
Label: LSO Live LSO0547
Haitink’s way with Brahms’s Fourth is close to essential listening: the music’s sweep and flow are captured in his trademark unexaggerated manner, while a flame-like intensity is also there from start to finish. The orchestra responds with passionate gorgeousness in the slow movement especially, while the Finale is the incandescent experience that Brahms surely intended. The CD lasts less than 42 minutes but is sold at the LSO’s budget price.