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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4; Bruckner: Symphony No. 8


This 4-CD set is devoted to recordings of symphonies by Brahms and Bruckner under by one of the greatest German conductors of the post-war period, Gunter Wand. Wand, who died in 1992, is considered to be one of the supreme interpreters of the music of these two renowned composers. The works are Brahms's Second and Fourth Symphonies, and Bruckner's monumental Eighth, and the recordings date from 1958, 1960, and 1971.

Throughout his life the great German conductor Gunter Wand returned again and again to the symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Bruckner, and the recordings presented here are of great historic importance and some of the finest he made. After the Second World War, Günter Wand was Germany's youngest General Music Director, and in 1946 he assumed the direction of the concerts given by the Cologne's famous Gürzenich Orchestra, the orchestra featured on these recordings.

Personnel: Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Günter Wand (conductor)


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  2. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73, I. Allegro non troppo
  3. II. Adagio non troppo. L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
  4. III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino)
  5. IV. Allegro con spirito
  6. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98, I. Allegro non troppo
  7. II. Andante moderato
  8. III. Allegro giocoso. Poco meno presto. tempo I
  9. IV. Allegro energico e passionato. Più allegro
  10. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, I. Allegro moderato
  11. II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
  12. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, III. Adagio: Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
  13. IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell
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