Recording review – Brahms Symphonies 1-4, Variations on a theme of Haydn, Tragic Overture, Academic Overture / Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (CPO)

“You don’t often find freshness and innovation in performances of the Brahms symphonies, but Manze’s take is wholly individual: they burst with life, by turns wistful, yearning, sharp-edged and blisteringly incisive… Manze’s vision provides more than an “early music” approach to Brahms: this is the composer reinvented for the 21st century.”
Guardian, May 2012

“This is a remarkable new Brahms cycle: one of the most fiery, original and thought-provoking sets of the symphonies to have appeared in the digital era… Hearing Andrew Manze’s set of these masterpieces, I feel as if I have been on a fascinating and stirring journey of rediscovery.”
International Record Review, April 2012

“Brimming with enthusiasm and knowledge… [Manze] has found a new way of listening to Brahms … [This is] full of wonderfully radiant playing … I’ve never heard [the second symphony] played as lovingly as this … Chamber music[-making] to an extraordinary degree.”
CD Review, BBC Radio 3, April 2012