To Brahms, Beethoven's legacy was a heavy burden: 'I will never compose a symphony! You have no idea what spirits come over someone in my position when he always hears such a giant (Beethoven) marching behind him.' Fortunately, his statement never came true. Brahms's four symphonies are among the highlights of orchestral music and now available as package at an attractive price.
Preface: Klaus Doege
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra/ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra