Philippe Jordan takes his leave of the Vienna Symphony after six years as its music director with this lithely executed compendiumof Brahms’ symphonies. Recorded live in the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein – where the Second and Third Symphonies received their premieres under Hans Richter in 1887 and 1883 respectively – it’s a natural follow-up to the partnership’s recently concluded Beethoven symphony cycle.

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Like that set, this is marked by a cultured and noticeably lissom (if occasionally rather too lean) gracefulness that the Viennese players articulate with...

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