Manfred Honeck - Brahms: Symphony No. 4/MacMillan: Larghetto For Orchestra


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World premiere recording captured on multi-channel Hybrid SACD!

Brahms Symphony No. 4 together with James MacMillan's Larghetto for Orchestra

Exceptional performances by Manfred Honeck conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!

Contains 5.0 and stereo SACD and CD stereo with HDCD

Recorded in historic Heniz Hall, home of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The 12th release in the Pittsburg Live! series of releases on the Fresh! imprint from Reference Recordings!

Reference Recordings proudly presents the Symphony No. 4 of Johannes Brahms, with James MacMillan's Larghetto for Orchestra, in exceptional performances from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This release coincides with the orchestra's 2021-­2022 season and triumphant return to live concerts! These works were recorded live in beautiful and historic Heinz Hall, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary season.

The release includes meticulous music notes from music director Honeck, in which he gives great insight into his unique interpretation, as well as the history and musical structure of Brahms's final and beloved tragic symphony.

James MacMillan is the preeminent Scottish composer of his generation. His Larghetto for Orchestra was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in honor of the 10th anniversary of Honeck as music director. It had its world premiere performance in October 2017. This album contains the world premiere recording. The composer generously includes his own album notes about this solemn and repentant, but ultimately hopeful work.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 125 years, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and is deeply committed to Pittsburgh and its region. Since 2008, the Pittsburgh Symphony has been led by its worldwide acclaimed Music Director Manfred Honeck. Past music directors have included many of the greats, including Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, André Previn, Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has always been at the forefront of championing new works, including recent commissions by Mason Bates, Jonathan Leshnoff, James MacMillan and Julia Wolfe. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and live radio broadcasts dating back to the 1930s. It has toured frequently both domestically and overseas since 1900-including more than 40 international tours. The Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras.

This release is the 12th in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of multi­channel Hybrid SACD releases on the Fresh! imprint from Reference Recordings. This series has received Grammy nominations in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Its recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No.5 /Barber Adagio for Strings won the 2018 Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album. The Pittsburgh Live! series are recorded and mastered by Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received more than 130 Grammy nominations and awards.

Reference Recordings, founded in 1976 in San Francisco, has multiple Grammy awards and a catalog that includes numerous American and international orchestras, ensembles and choruses. Fresh! is part of Reference Recordings' mission to encourage unique and fine artists, and give them a strong platform for promotion and sales nationally and internationally.

Brahms Symphony No. 4
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Allegro energico e passionato

MacMillan Larghetto For Orchestra
Larghetto for Orchestra

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