BRAHMS Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 / Chailly 4786900
[Symphony no. 1]: Chailly finds real expression in the 'Andante sostenuto' . . . [the Scherzo] is forward-moving and vivacious. The avoidance of a heavy tread works well . . . [Symphony no. 2]: the Scherzo is successful, skipping along cheerily . . . The finale is explosive and exciting, with punchy accents and rough brass . . . [Symphony no. 3] : Here is the high point of the cycle . . . the outer movements are a natural vehicle for Chailly's propulsive approach. The first movement is a race from beginning to end . . . Chailly hits the thrill factor he's after . . . [Chailly makes the two middle movements] sound as light and buoyant as anyone I've ever heard . . . [Symphony no. 4]: [the second movement is] nicely done . . . tension must be sustained from movement to movement without a lapse. Chailly manages this, and so the finale becomes the end of a rising arc of excitement. The pace is the fastest and punchiest I've heard in a long time . . . I'd count this the most eye-opening performance of the cycle . . .