Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Symphonies Nos 1-4/Abbado
DG 4043382 (five CDs)
Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonc: fine modern recordings - a clear library choice.

Symphonies Nos 1-4/Klemperer
Warner Classics 4043382 (four CDs)
Klemperer's recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra now come with five other Brahms works at budget price.

Symphonies Nos 1-4/Ticciati
Linn Records CKD601 (two CDs)
The conductor's final big project with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra - the best of the smaller-scale cycles on disc, and available as a 192kHz/24-bit FLAC or ALAC download.

Symphonies Nos 1-4/Szell
Sony G010003872247F and G010003872227P
George Szell's immaculate Cleveland Orchestra cycle from the late '60s is now available as 192kHz/24-bit downloads. Amazon (US) has these as an SACD set.

Symphonies Nos 1-4/Toscanini
Testament SBT3167 (three discs)
The Festival Hall live performances from 1952 expertly remastered by EMI engineers.

Symphonies Nos 1-4/Walter
Sony 88843072592 (five CDs)
The Columbia SO series, including other Brahms orchestral works, etc, with four NYPO Hungarian Dances and the German Requiem.