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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 / Hungarian Dances
 
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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 / Hungarian Dances

18 Nov. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Nov. 2005
  • Release Date: 18 Nov. 2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:05:05
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  • ASIN: B001LYO0WI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,224 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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First a couple of stories about the writing of the Brahms Second Symphony. He began it in his first summer at a retreat on Lake W'örth in southern Austria where, he said 'Melodies are so abundant you have to be careful not to step on them.' Certainly, in this symphony he scooped up numbers of them. He must have been in an exuberant mood as he was composing it because he twitted his notoriously prim and humorless musical friend, Elizabeth von Herzogenberg, by writing her that the symphony was basically just a series of F minor chords played first ff and then pp, the joke being that there is not a single F minor chord in the symphony. It is in sunny D major. Some have called the Second Brahms's 'Pastoral' Symphony.

This performance led by Marin Alsop reminds me of a couple of recordings that I know and love well, those by Kurt Sanderling and the Dresden Staatskapelle and by, of all people, Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia. Largely this is because she takes a leisurely approach that simply revels in the harmonic luxuriance of all four movements, never rushing, never forcing the drama (as in the climaxes of the first movement) but letting the music speak for itself without artificially added histrionics. She is aided immensely by the London Philharmonic's masterly playing. The strings are positively silken; their tone seems to have, particularly in the slower legato sections, an added depth of dark chocolaty tone. The horns, particularly the solo horn, are equally rich and dark. The other winds sound appropriately Germanic, even though this is an English orchestra; I wonder if that is a conscious decision on their part? The brasses, especially the trombones, are mellow but still dramatic when need be.
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By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2008
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I'm not able to type as much as the learned other reviewer here, but I must say that this is a brilliant performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the estimable Marin Alsop - Ms Alsop clearly loves this great score!

I have many versions of this symphony, and the pace, sound quality, and general verve of this recording is truly wonderful. You also hear a selection of the happy Hungarian Dances too.

At the great Naxos price, don't hesitate!
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This is a fine account of the Brahms Second from Alsop and the LPO, and I particularly want to draw attention to it because the recorded sound is as good as I've heard from Naxos -- plenty of presence, texture, and warmth, with no claustrophobic closeness. There's plenty of "air" around it. All that wouldn't mean much if the performance weren't good, but this one is. The timings are very similar to Abbado's, and one might prefer Abbado because his recording team captures a bit more bass in their aural picture, but the Naxos engineers get a more "open" sound overall, and where Abbado's sound gets a bit bright in the loud high passages, Alsop has warmth and no lack of energy. In the transitions between the sections of the third movement, one could argue too that Alsop is a bit more deft. But that's nit-picking. Abbado's is a fine account -- and so are accounts by Karajan (1970's), Klemperer, Jochum, Haitink, and (my personal favorite) Bohm (also from the 1970's). Naxos and Alsop are up there with these accounts. At Naxos's price, a real bargain. Oh -- and the selection of Hungarian Dance fillers (with Brahms's and Dvorak's orchestrations) are lively and warm and energetic too!
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By Andrew C. Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2014
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I'll start with the fillers - a lovely collection of the Hungarian Dances arranged for orchestra, three by Brahms and five by Dvorak. Happy times! And then there is the symphony which Brahms called his 'happy symphony' - written in the summer at Portschach-am- Worthersee. For me it is two main things - powerful and warm. I glory in the great first movement which is one of the more lengthy ones that Brahms wrote. It has heights and depths, with moments for all the orchestral sections. The second movement is slow- breathed, sumptuous and luxuriant with organic growth. The third movement has dancing qualities which are well observed in this performance. In the final movement there is an outburst of exuberant joy in which Marin Alsop marshals all the forces of the London Philharmonic Orchestra - travelling at a gentle rocket pace. And the brass excels in the concluding bars of this movement. What more can I say? This is a performance that is along with the best.
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Great music, played to perfection, excellent sound quality too!
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