"These multiple CDs of Brahms with the London Symphony under the direction of Yondani Butt are unprecedently worth listening." Kultur Magazine, Berlin Germany
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"Yondani Butt is no stranger to working with the world's greatest orchestras and his previous recordings with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia and others have often met with great critical acclaim. We now hear him at the helm of the LSO in recordings of Brahms' complete Symphonies and Overtures, recorded in state of the art, vibrant sound at London's Abbey Road Studios, produced by long term collaborator, the eminent producer Chris Craker.
The current catalogues are, naturally, awash with many and varied versions of these most popular of works and it's a great credit to Maestro Butt, the orchestra and the record label Nimbus Alliance in making these works available in such a competitive commercial environment. Yondani Butt brings something rather special to the interpretations of these works, too - defying convention and stereotypical readings, Mr. Butt draws a warmth of sonority from the string section that is beautifully complimented by the delicate wind soloists from the orchestra, while the brass section sounds magisterial and exciting when required.
The Overtures all work extremely well in these fine recordings, and the Symphonies, too, have much to offer - but how to compare these performances with the 1970 Boult recordings, or even more recent presentations from Marin Alsop, and Jurowski is something of an impossible task. Mr. Butt's tempi sometimes surprise, as again they defy convention - sometimes the slow movements being more expansive and breathing more than we are used to hearing, but when one invests time and listens to the whole, one can see the bigger picture and the architecture of the works as interpreted by Mr. Butt. I particularly found the 2nd and 4th Symphonies very satisfying - especially the panache and excitement created by the Scherzos in each work. The drama is balanced by some achingly beautiful phrasing and warm sonorities in the slow movements and, overall, this set as a whole will give enormous pleasure and be a worthy addition to anyone's collection. Samples are all available to be listened to here on Amazon which is always a great facility. Well worth exploration if you choose to be a little more adventurous than gravitating to the timeless Boult set or the more cost effective choice of Marin Alsop on Naxos.
Mr. Butt is now in the process of recording the Beethoven Symphonies and I look forward to reviewing these before long."