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Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture, Variations on a Theme of Haydn

LSO0733 2SACD

Brahms 1 & 2

Brahms 1 & 2

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Valery Gergiev conductor

**** Performance **** Recording ‘This Brahms double album enshrines performances that Valery Gergiev gave with the LSO at the Barbican in the latter months of 2012, and they richly deserved preservation. Gergiev produces a gripping, architecturally secure account of the First Symphony … Gergiev’s account of the Second … is refined and sensitive.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

Valery Gergiev begins his Brahms symphony cycle with recordings of the first two symphonies, Tragic Overture and Haydn Variations. The recording and performances of Brahms’ symphonies was a new departure for Gergiev, an oppotunity he relished with energy and enthusiasm, and his interpretations have been acknowledged for shining new light on these works. The symphonies were toured interntationally, including the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012.

The Haydn Variations was Brahms’ first orchestral piece, and was the first set of independent variations for orchestra by any composer. His epic first symphony, portraying dignity and grandeur, was ecstatically received at its premier in 1876, and Brahms was soon heralded as one of the great symphonic masters. His second symphony, with its joyful melodies and pastoral beauty, portrays a more relaxed tone than its predecessor. The Tragic Overture, on the other hand, is turbulent and tormented, with a powerful and magnificent energy.

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**** Performance **** Recording ‘This Brahms double album enshrines performances that Valery Gergiev gave with the LSO at the Barbican in the latter months of 2012, and they richly deserved preservation. Gergiev produces a gripping, architecturally secure account of the First Symphony … Gergiev’s account of the Second … is refined and sensitive.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)


"These performances are beautifully prepared. Buy with confidence. It’s straight ahead, brilliant Brahms." Audiophilia.com (Canada) 

**** ‘Gergiev finally gets around to Brahms, and continues to impress and surprise … The sound keeps getting better and better the longer LSO Live goes at it’ Audiophile Audition (US)

'This is the most compelling new recording of the First that I've heard in a long time... All four pieces show that Gergiev has a point of view in Brahms. Whether you agree with it wholly or not, this is what makes these performances so good. Gergiev's way with Brahms - broad, lush, passionate - is not the only way; but it is consistent and very enjoyable...' American Record Guide (US)

‘… Valery Gergiev strides on stage, throws down the gauntlet, and accomplishes a coup, declaring himself a major new Brahms interpreter to be contended with … this is very strongly recommended.’ Fanfare (US)

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

2SACD/digital LSO0733 (822231173328)

James Mallinson, producer
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, balance engineers

DSD recording, live at the Barbican, September, October & December 2012
Stereo and multi-channel 5.1

Jewel case with 16pp booklet. Notes in English, French and German

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