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As Robin Ticciati enters his final season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Linn celebrates his memorable tenure as Principal Conductor with a recording of four of the most sublime orchestral masterpieces ever written. The recording legacy of these revolutionary and distinctive works serves to underscore the confidence Ticciati has, not only in his own vision for these symphonies, but also in his partnership with the musicians of the SCO, who relish Brahms’ highly virtuosic orchestral writing. The SCO’s renowned recordings of Mozart Symphonies are a natural predecessor to Brahms, who advances the form’s classicism into the Romantic era. Ahead of the SCO 15/16 Season, in which all four symphonies were performed, Ticciati set out his aims: ‘The challenge…is to find a Brahms sound with the orchestra. To find something so unbelievably dark, autumnal, and yet steeped in counterpoint.’ By 2017, that Brahms sound was perfected; Ticciati’s interpretations are both muscular and energized, with detail and life in every line. Ticciati’s meticulous control of tempo, phrase shape and balance results in performances of extraordinary transparency and colour. This recording marks a major landmark in Ticciati’s career.

"...they have every slightest detail at their fingertips, illuminating phrase after phrase with new meaning...a living, breathing, younger man's Brahms, ready to win new hearts."
Financial Times
"...this Brahms cycle is a worthy successor to his earlier much-acclaimed readings of the symphonies of Schumann...the performances top-drawer."
CD Choice
"So brilliant and sounding especially fine. That should certainly be in our Hall of Fame."
Classic FM
"A classy leaving-present from one of today's great conductor-orchestra partnerships as Robin Ticciati says goodbye to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.'"
Presto Classical
"...with the SCO’s superb musicianship and Ticciati’s unmistakable imagination and energy [this is] a cycle that really is worth celebrating."
Europadisc
"...this is a set that sweeps aside recent rivals, brilliantly illuminating Brahms's inner textures and making the familiar new."
The Times
"I predict universal praise for the new double set...the whole package takes us through the story of Brahms and his relationship with symphonic form in a way that is a real joy."
The Herald
"Ticciati's is lean and quite dazzlingly transparent. Listening with score in hand, I marvelled at the conductor's meticulous observance of Brahms's markings. Nearly every instruction regarding dynamics, phrasing and articulation is accounted for."
Grammophone
"Plenty of Brahmsian muscle going on there."
BBC Radio Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
"Bidding farewell to conductor Robin Ticciati with some style."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
"...unusual, provocative, and masterfully conceived...an essential acquisition."
MusicWeb International, 25 September 2018
"The good news is that overall these performances feel not only Brahmsian but also full of color and variety."
Fanfare, 2 August 2018
"A scintillating account of Brahms’s symphonies, in no small part due to the dynamics and detail of the 192kHz/24-bit Linn download."
Gramophone, July 2018
"I think the balances are terrific, as are the Scottish strings and the overall sound of the orchestra. The recording was made in Usher Hall, Edinburgh; that must be part of the reason the sound is so beautiful. And I hear more agility in the playing than I have heard with larger orchestras."
American Record Guide, 20 June 2018
"Sound Quality 85%: Ticciati has prepared this cycle as his final SCO project, and these are highly intelligent readings, finely engineered."
Hi-Fi News, 4 June 2018
"This, then, is a very fine Brahms symphony cycle from Robin Ticciati and the SCO...a very attractive proposition indeed."
MusicWeb International, 22 May 2018
"5* - Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra present a fresh take on the symphonies...Linn's pristine sound quality is a perfect complement to Ticciati's transparent readings. Highly recommended."
All Music, 22 May 2018
"5* Recording of the Month: These are revelatory performances that make you listen afresh to this wonderful life-enhancing music."
BBC Music Magazine, May 2018
"Magical moments abound...this is the best recent recording of [No. 3] I've heard."
The Arts Desk, 7 April 2018
"Richard Fairman's 2018 Critics' Choice: Some recordings intoxicate the senses, simply because they have so much to offer. The way in which every detail of this music has been honed and perfected by Ticciati’s trusted players in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and then absorbed into a lyrical, affectionate whole, is endlessly fascinating. This has to be, as far as I’m concerned, the most beguiling small-orchestra Brahms yet."
Gramophone, December 2018
"5* CD of the Week: What stands out is the sheer range of sound and colour Ticciati has at his disposal...the playing is unfailingly vivid."
The Guardian, 29 March 2018
"5* - There is enticing detail in these performances...and there is a truly natural sense of expression that highlights the genuine beauty in Brahms."
The Scotsman, 27 March 2018
"Recording of the Month: This is Brahms of wonderful maturity"
Classical Voice, November 2018
"...marvel at the delicacy of his phrasing and the litheness of his lines...this is Brahms to savor."
iTunes, 23 March 2018