Customer Review

32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a different view of standard repertoire, 6 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Brahms: The Symphonies (Audio CD)
Lots of specific reviews already but I just wanted to do a simple summary. A friend of mine had a theory that Rattle live was brilliant normally, but his recordings are dull. I'm a fan of Rattle and have seen/heard him in concert several times- he is usually brilliant with an astonishing communication with whichever orchestra he works with.

These recordings are not dull but(to me)they are not the definitive Brahms set. They lack the drama and intense passion that a lot of the famous and popular versions have. What you get instead is beauty in tone and sound and a very long view in phrasing. In these recordings Rattle gets the BPO to play combined phrases as long flowing arcs without the drama breaking the shape. Brahms can take this- try comparing some performances of the violin sonatas to see how it can work,Brahms - Violin Sonatas. The result of Rattle's work with the BPO is that the clarity and beauty is without parallel and you'll hear things you hadn't previously noticed but I prefer my Brahms symphonies with the punches, twists and turns of the more traditional approach. I will keep this set though, it is a refreshing new view of old well known and much loved works.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 21 Jan 2012 00:09:45 GMT
You accurately represent this album, although I think that Rattle's more nuanced, heart-warming approach presents a view more satisfactory than the typical "punchy" Brahms.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2012 09:37:48 BDT
Zawinulfan says:
Thanks for your addition to my review. Its all down to personal taste in the end. I will definitely keep this set and listen to these recordings too.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: uk

Top Reviewer Ranking: 44,448