Brahms – Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90


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This unique and exclusive Deluxe download includes the following free bonus items:

– The free complete full 1949 live version album of Brahms Symphony No.3, Op.90 by the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler. Recorded: 1949 (live).

– The complete full music First edition score published Berlin: N. Simrock, 1884. Plate 8454.

– The full size 3000 x 3000 cover artwork, without titles.

– 54 page booklet with notes about Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Johannes Brahms and Symphony No.3, Op.90.

The Symphony no. 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms was written in 1883 at Wiesbaden, and premiered that same year by the Vienna Philharmonic.

The symphony was well received, and although Wagner had died earlier that year, the public feud between Brahms and Wagner had not yet subsided. Wagner enthusiasts tried to interfere with the symphony’s premiere, and the conflict between the two factions nearly brought about a duel.

After each performance, Brahms polished his score further, until it was published in 1884. The shortest of Brahms’ four symphonies, a typical performance lasts 30-40 minutes, and it is scored two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, a contrabassoon, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, and strings.

The piece makes use of the F-A-F (Frei aber froh, free but happy) theme, a play on Joseph Joachim’s motto F-A-E (Frei aber einsam, free but lonely).

Cat No: NM 1035

released April 9, 2019
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