BRAHMS: SYM­PHONY NO 1; MART­INU: SYM­PHONY NO 4

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Ra­dio-Sin­fonieorch­ester Stuttgart des SWR/Klaus

Tennst­edt ICA Clas­sics ICAC 5090 Klaus Tennst­edt aban­doned his ca­reer in the Ger­man Demo­cratic Repub­lic in 1971, when he de­fected to the West. He se­cured a post at the Kiel Opera; by the end of the decade he held po­si­tions in Ham­burg, Min­nesota and Lon­don, and was de­vel­op­ing a ma­jor record­ing ca­reer. The live per­for­mances recorded here cap­ture Tennst­edt at work with Stuttgart’s ra­dio orches­tra. The 1973 per­for­mance of Mart­inu’s Fourth Sym­phony is deft, aer­ated in the fast move­ments, im­pres­sively ex­pan­sive in the slow move­ment. Brahms’s First Sym­phony is more lithe than Tennst­edt’s later stu­dio ver­sion, though still grandly im­pos­ing in the Ger­man man­ner. A fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into Tennst­edt be­fore he was swept up by fame. url.ie/e6sy

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