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    My favourite Brahms 4 is probably the Kleiber recording on DGG, don't know if anyone else likes it or has even heard it.....

    Am I allowed a few more that have stood out as stupendous for me? I'd also include:
    Eugen Jochum's EMI recording with the London Phil
    Stanislav Skrowaczewski in Manchester (I don't yet know the Saarbrucken reading)
    Jiří Bělohlávek's recording with the Czech Phil (a really under-rated cycle that does a better job than most of bringing out the fact that Brahms wrote some very beautiful music)
    Klemperer (I don't find the 3rd movement weird at all...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Bean View Post
    Mine are a mixed bag!
    Reiner/RPO
    Kleiber/VPO
    Bernstein/VPO...yes, that second movement is special.
    Karajan/BPO (any)
    Furtwangler/BPO 1949
    Boult/LPO
    Jochum/LSO
    Thanks for mentioning the Boult recording, which is my favorite along with Klemperer / Philharmonia Orch. and Walter / Columbia SO. I agree with Brahmsianhorn that the Klemperer live version with the Royal Danish Orchestra on Testament is outstanding. I have not heard the CD, but I heard the concert (also including the Eroica) when it was broadcasted live by the Danish radio. Brahmsianhorn writes 1954, but I am sure, that it was a couple of years later, which means 1957 or 58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Haitink's LSO version. Did I mention I hate Klieber's version?
    Are you sure you mean Haitink's LSO and not RCO from the 70's? Hardly anyone picks the LSO over RCO. I have his Brahms 1st and it is even better. If I could find a complete cycle in my musings I would jump on it.

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    I seem to remember Haitink recording a cycle with Boston Symphony, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Bean View Post
    I seem to remember Haitink recording a cycle with Boston Symphony, too.
    Correct but it also seems to be passed over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbang View Post
    Correct but it also seems to be passed over.
    Well I just ordered a used copy of that cycle. Looking forward to hearing it. The Boult cycle on EMI has long been one of my favorites but it doesn’t get much comment these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Bean View Post
    Well I just ordered a used copy of that cycle. Looking forward to hearing it. The Boult cycle on EMI has long been one of my favorites but it doesn’t get much comment these days.
    Which one, the RCO or Boston? I have not heard his Boston Brahms Cycle.
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    The Boston cycle. I’ve never heard it. I have the RCO set and find it very good, indeed. Haven’t heard his LSO Live cycle.

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    Haitink’s RCO set is interpretively no-frills as you might expect from him, but there’s some extraordinary playing going on there. A good recommendation for a more “straightforward” Brahms cycle IMO. There’s a set of them that comes with his Brahms piano concerto recordings with Arrau.
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    Haitink is underrated by many self-styled critics, but I have always enjoyed most of his recordings: Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich. His Beethoven...not as much, but it's better than some. he is an excellent musician who avoids flash and hopping from one gig to another.

    Kurt Masur is another such conductor.. I like the Brahms box set from Eloquence with the 4 symphonies, concerti, overtures and Hungarian Dances...Masur/Gewandhaus. Beautiful orchestral playing. Unfussy music making. Very Fine soloists. Great sound. I often love Masur's way with some composers even though he doesn't get much praise in certain quarters. Another example: love his Tchaikovsky cycle with the GOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbang View Post
    Are you sure you mean Haitink's LSO and not RCO from the 70's? Hardly anyone picks the LSO over RCO. I have his Brahms 1st and it is even better. If I could find a complete cycle in my musings I would jump on it.
    Ya, LSO for sure. I feel the music is a lot more alive there than in the RCO version. I feel Haitink was prone to overthinking (which kind of drove me nuts) until his later years. His latest version of Bruckner 8 with the VPO was also very good in my opinion.
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