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The two middle symphonies by Johannes Brahms form a highly contrasting pair of works, which define the radius of Brahms’s musical language, equally marked by both poesy and the highest level of constructive stringency. The beauty of Brahmsian symphonic creativity comes to full fruition in these live recordings from the Musikverein in Vienna and the Herkulessaal in Munich under the direction of Mariss Jansons. The qualities of one of the world’s best orchestras are captured in the highest fidelity by the audiophile SACD process.
The first Brahms releases with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Audiophile live recordings on SACD from the Vienna Konzertverein and the Munich Herkulessaal.
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
IV. Allegro con spirito
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
“This is a fine example of what you might call 'modern-traditional' Brahms. The orchestral sound is rich and deep-layered, the tempos, if nt quite leisurely, still allow plenty of time to luxuriate in Brahms's long melodies...Not only has Jansons a firm sense of how Brahms's long phrases rise and fall, both minutely and as grand spans, he has a keen ear for Brahmsian polyphony.”
“[Jansons] sceptics should turn to this new version to hear how close an affinity he has with this difficult piece. What may appear to be refined restraint in the articulation of the first movement's F-A-F pays off in a superbly calibrated account of the finale...[which] has a huge rustic energy...These are big performances in every sense of the word.”
“there is...a genuine feeling of where the music is going, and why. For a live account, this is impressive; it may not be the greatet Brahms Third ever put on a record but it remains a fine one throughout, and the recording quality is first-rate.”