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'