BBC Music Magazine disc of the month - June 2010 "genuinely vibrant Brahms"
‘You don’t know what it’s like always to hear that giant marching along behind me’, Brahms once wrote about Beethoven. Brahms took twenty-one years to complete his First Symphony, struggling under the weight of expectation as the worthy successor to Beethoven, renowned for his mastery of the symphony. Though this may have hindered Brahms’s speed, the result was worth waiting for – and the influence of Beethoven within this heroic work is undeniable. His Second Symphony was completed in just a few months and the overall mood is one of pastoral lyricism. This CD captures the impassioned live performances of both symphonies conducted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
£10.99 2 Audio CDs. Also available as MP3 downloads
1: Symphony No 1, 1st movement
2: Symphony No 2, 4th movement
BRAHMS: Symphony No.1 BRAHMS: Symphony No.2 2CD set
Vladimir Jurowski introduces the recordings.
BBC Music Magazine disc of the month - June 2010 "Conductors, buy this and learn; the rest of us can just enjoy" *****
'The Jurowski/LPO marriage abundantly exudes that rare joy in corporate music-making all too seldom encountered in this day and age. I can only wish my fellow music lovers in London the profoundest pleasure at the miracle occurring in their midst' International Record Review, April 2010
'Satisfying responses here to both 1st and 2nd symphonies; free-flowing tempi, long singing lines, a carefully nurtured orchestral sound that’s very pleasing.' BBC Radio 3 CD Review February 2010
VLADIMIR JUROWSKI conductor LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Pieter Schoeman leader
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