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Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra – Brahms: Symphony No.4 (2005) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

London Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink – Brahms: Symphony No.4 (2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front Cover | 2.03 GB
FLAC Image+CUE 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Front Cover | 703 MB

Loaded with German Romanticism & including variations on a Bach cantata, Brahms’ final symphony is a remarkable example of his mastery of symphonic composition. A rich, warm work that builds on a sense of movement & intensity right up to the final bars. This release also represents the completion of Bernard Haitink’s celebrated LSO Live Brahms cycle that has included the symphonies, Double Concerto, Tragic Overture & Serenade No 2.

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Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra – Brahms: Serenade No.2, Symphony No.3 (2004) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

London Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink – Brahms: Serenade No.2, Symphony No.3 (2004)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front Cover | 3.21 GB
FLAC Image+CUE 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Front Cover | 1.1 GB

The 1st & final movements of Brahms’s 3rd Symphony contain some of the most dramatic music he was to compose, yet both end serenely & enclose 2 beautiful inner movements. The equally exquisite Serenade No 2, unusually scored for wind instruments, violas, cellos & double basses, was 1 of his own personal favourites & both receive superb performances under Bernard Haitink in the 3rd part of his internationally acclaimed LSO Live Brahms cycle.

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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.7 – Bernard Haitink, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (1983/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Bernard Haitink, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam – Mahler: Symphony No.7 (1983/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 69:02 minutes | 2,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download Source: HighDefTapeTransfers.com | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The Mahler Seventh comes not from a commercial recording but from someone connected with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Made in 1983, it is of excellent fidelity but also suffers somewhat from the stridency problem. Possessed of the two mysterious “Night Music” movements with the devilish scherzo in between, plus a gangbusters rousing conclusion in the key of C, the Seventh has been my personal favorite Mahler symphony for some years. The Dutch audience is very quiet in spite of this being an exciting live recording.

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Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 – London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 – London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:00 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Bowers & Wilkins | Cover | © LSO Live

Bruckner followed suit in 1896, leaving his ninth ‘unfinished’. Having written three monumental movements over the preceding nine years, he never completed the big finale he had envisaged. Although attempts have been made since to reconstruct the last movement for performance, it’s arguable whether this adds anything. The three-movement work is eerily satisfying as it stands and is the version favoured by Bernard Haitink here.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos 4 & 8 – London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (2006) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos 4 & 8 – London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:57:17 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Bowers & Wilkins | Digital Booklet | © LSO Live
Recorded live in DSD, *19 & 20 April 2006 & **24 & 25 April 2006 at the Barbican, London

Coming between two of Beethoven’s most famous symphonies the Fourth Symphony can seem a relatively lightweight and cheerful work. Written for Count Franz von Oppersdorff, who wanted a symphony similar in vein to the Second Symphony it is a brusque and enjoyable work. Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony sees him in playful mood. Featuring humorous twists and turns and relatively brief movements, including the shortest movement of any of his symphonies, it is a lighthearted work.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis – Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis – Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:19:19 minutes | 773 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ BRmedia Service GmbH
Recorded live 25./26.09.2014 at Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich, Germany

It was originally intended as a Solemn Mass for the investiture of the Archduke Rudolph, one of Beethoven’s piano pupils, as the Archbishop of Olomouc. Beethoven did not complete the piece in time, however, and when he did finally finish it in 1823, it had developed into a work of art that far exceeded the liturgical requirements. With its dedication “Arising in the heart, may it return to the heart!” Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” enters entirely new territory as a musical interpretation – deeply personal, yet aspiring to general truth – of the old and venerable Mass Ordinary.

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