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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms - Symphony No.2: double Concerto (LSO, Haitink.)
Glorious music, played by one of the finest orchestras with their
wonderful conductor Bernard Haitink. A "must have" for anyone who loves music.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad recording of a marvelous Braham piece of music
After reading all of the Hosanna cries from the rest of the pack, I decided to buy this bargain offer CD.
And I shouldn't...
Sonically - this is a flop in a big way: Compared to another Brahms Double concerto, with the same conductor, Haitink effort with the Concertgebouw/Perlman/Rostropovitch, (which in itself is not one of the greatest recording because of...
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by Judy Spotheim


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms - Symphony No.2: double Concerto (LSO, Haitink.), 13 Oct 2013
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Glorious music, played by one of the finest orchestras with their
wonderful conductor Bernard Haitink. A "must have" for anyone who loves music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent CD, 26 Jun 2013
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J. Fernwood "arts lover" (Oxford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brahms - Symphony No 2; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink) (Audio CD)
If you love Brahms and are looking for a good recording of his Second Symphony, I would highly recommend this one. The Second is the brightest and the most lyrical of Brahms's symphonies, and these qualities are brought out to perfection by Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra. The sound quality is also excellent. I loved this recording so much that I bought Symphonies One, Three and Four as well, all by Haitink and the LSO. If you opt for this recording, you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top recommendation and a real bargain, 21 April 2004
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Did you ever hear of such a thing? A truly great conductor in a brandnew, high quality recording with a world class orchestra and in therepetoir in which the conductor is rightly revered?
Make no mistake, this is a recording of real stature and can standshoulder to shoulder with Klemperer, Karajan and Furtwangler. It has allof the integrity and integrated vision of those conductor's performancesbut adds something rather special - a real lilt to the pastoral moments! The orchestral playing across the board is second to none.
In Haitink's hands (and with the great instrument that the LSO now is) thesymphony moves through moments of shining fresh air and deep broodingnight. There is no showy bombast, just really great music making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Siuprb Lossless Download, 15 Jun 2014
This review is from: Brahms - Symphony No 2; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink) (Audio CD)
I have just read the one star review and wonder if this is the same recording. My version is a lossless download and it is simply beautiful. A wonderful internal balence between soloists and orchestra and a splendid sound throughout. Buy it. You won,t be disappointed
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless Brahms, 24 Feb 2006
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This review is from: Brahms - Symphony No 2; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink) (Audio CD)
The 4th movement of the 2nd symphony exemplifies the exhilarating and breathtaking verve with which the LSO customarily play these days, but the gentle lilt of the 3rd movement, the edgy beauty of the 2nd and the nobility of the 1st all equally impress. This performance, under Haitink's sure yet refreshing guide, is truly magnificent. The Double Concerto is barely less brilliant, with excellent integration of the music between soloists and orchestra (hardly surprising perhaps when those soloists are the LSO's leader and principal cellist) and really spicy playing by all. I cannot praise this CD enough.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The LSO @ its finest!!!, 25 April 2004
This review is from: Brahms - Symphony No 2; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink) (Audio CD)
Yet another storming CD by the world's finest orchestra, the opening ofthe Double Concerto encapsulates the passion that the LSO display on alltheir recordings. The CD goes hand in hand with the second collaborationbetween Haitink and the LSO, with Brahms' first symphony and the TragicOverture.
The recording is of the highest quality and you would hardlyguess that this was a live concert recording. The LSO are keeping musiclive and getting to people in new and inventive ways and LSO Live is the akey segment in that process! A must have buy, for any Brahms fan and anyfan of live music!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Bargain Price Brahms, 7 May 2004
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Mr. Colin N. Boyes (Rochester Kent) - See all my reviews
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This is a very special recording. The LSO at the height of their considerable powers under Haitink, a man renowned for his Brahms interpretations. The Symphony No.2 receives an immensely powerful performance full of dark brooding and radiant beauty that compares favourably with the most famous of recordings. In my mind it would leap to the top of recommended recordings irrespective of price.
However, the real surprise on this disc is the magnificent interpretation of the Double Concerto. I have never heard such a beautifully integrated performance as this. The soloists, being LSO principals appear out of the sound picture as if one is hearing an intimate chamber work balancing with a glorious symphonic force. The performance is totally transfixing - an absolute gem.
This deserves to be the top selling Brahms disc (if not Classical disc) of the year. Don't hesitate, buy it!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 16 Nov 2011
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Excellent recording and balance is very good, so no straining to hear the low passages and jumping up with fright with the loud ones.Great sense of involvement and "being there". Buy with confidence.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad recording of a marvelous Braham piece of music, 11 Mar 2010
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Judy Spotheim "SpJ Judy" (Belgium, Europe) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brahms - Symphony No 2; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink) (Audio CD)
After reading all of the Hosanna cries from the rest of the pack, I decided to buy this bargain offer CD.
And I shouldn't...
Sonically - this is a flop in a big way: Compared to another Brahms Double concerto, with the same conductor, Haitink effort with the Concertgebouw/Perlman/Rostropovitch, (which in itself is not one of the greatest recording because of midrange aberrations due to EMI producer's decisions), this LSO bargain CD sounds muffled, distanced and reserved. Sonically the hearing-brain mechanism can not penetrate the sound-field and can not extract any sonic pleasure with this recording - which no doubt is an extensive multi-micked affair. Bad.
The playing of both cellist and violinist lacks the intensity, the warmth, the heart-break and the immediacy that the Oistrakh/Rostropovich, or Oistrakh/Fournier has, and certainly it does not hold the magic and the superb Concertgebouw acoustic.
Also, compared to the (half MONO-EMI-Oistrakh/Fournier) the LSO CD sounds like they are lost in a mist.
And mind you: this LSO CD is a pure digital recording that by nature should have had the "see-through", the attack, the wholesomeness sonic ability - but it does not have this, again, due to the multi-micked recording.
I do not so much have quarrel with the artistic taste of some of the other critics who likes their Brahms to sound like Delius or like Vaughn-Williams, but all it boils into is a reading that is liked to walking in the mud.
The LSO recording is vague, distanced, unfocused, misty, no relief-effect (no 3-D).
If you are looking for a more exciting, direct, bold experience, go somewhere else. This one is not the one.
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