Brahms Symphonies Nos 2 and 3

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01 - 09 - 2012

Brahms Symphonies Nos 2 and 3

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

The two middle symphonies of Johannes Brahms form a highly contrasting pair of works which define the radius of Brahms's musical language, equally marked by both poesy and the highest level of constructive clarity. The beauty of Brahms's symphonic creativity comes to full fruition in these live recordings from the Musikverein in Vienna and the Herkulessaal in Munich under the direction of Mariss Jansons. The sterling qualities of one of the one of the world's best orchestras are captured in the highest fidelity by the audiophile SACD process.

Brahms Symphony No 2 in D major Op 73, Symphony No 3 in F major Op 90

Running Time: 1 hr 18 min

'Jansons's level of detailing is impressive' (American Record Guide)
'[Jansons] skeptics should turn to this new version to hear how close an affinity he has with this difficult piece. What may appear to be refined restraint in the articulation of the first movement's F-A-F pays off in a superbly calibrated account of the finale...[which] has a huge rustic energy...These are big performances in every sense of the word.' (Gramophone)
'these are excellent performances. They certainly rank up there amongst the finest available versions.' (MusicWeb International)
'there is...a genuine feeling of where the music is going, and why. For a live account, this is impressive; it may not be the greatest Brahms Third ever put on a record but it remains a fine one throughout, and the recording quality is first-rate.' (International Record Review)
'This is a fine example of what you might call 'modern-traditional' Brahms. The orchestral sound is rich and deep-layered, the tempos, if not quite leisurely, still allow plenty of time to luxuriate in Brahms's long melodies...Not only has Jansons a firm sense of how Brahms's long phrases rise and fall, both minutely and as grand spans, he has a keen ear for Brahmsian polyphony.' (BBC Music magazine)