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a different view of standard repertoire,
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.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2012 00:09:45 GMT
Andrew R. Barnard says:
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
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.
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