Brahms- Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (2013)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Brahms’s First Symphony in C minor has always had a symbolic place in 19th-century symphonic music: its long wait till the composer’s middle age at 43 in 1876 invariably seen as the ultimate tribute to the intimidating influence of Beethoven. But the story is not quite as straightforward. Brahms had already temporarily – and impatiently – titled his first orchestral Serenade, Op 11 (completed 1859) a ‘symphony serenade‘ because of its expansive character; and the ‘Allegro’ first movement of the Symphony was actually first completed as early as 1862. Although Brahms’s autograph of this does not survive (only movements 2–4 remain), Clara’s Schumann’s quotation of the familiar opening bars (38–42 of the published score) to Joseph Joachim in a letter in this year, and her description of it as being ‘so interwoven’ suggests that it was essentially the music we know: a driving 6/8 movement of underlying scherzo character cast in sonata form, and made even more economical by striking contrapuntal skill – in which bass and upper part exchange roles and even invert their shapes, adding a new dimension of concentration to symphonic style.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Brahms- Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (2013)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

    American Record Guide

This is the most compelling new recording of the First that I've heard in a long time... All four pieces show that Gergiev has a point of view in Brahms. Whether you agree with it wholly or not, this is what makes these performances so good. Gergiev's way with Brahms - broad, lush, passionate - is not the only way; but it is consistent and very enjoyable...

    Audiophile Audition -

Gergiev finally gets around to Brahms, and continues to impress and surprise … The sound keeps getting better and better the longer LSO Live goes at it.

    Audiophilia.com

These performances are beautifully prepared. Buy with confidence. It’s straight ahead, brilliant Brahms.

    BBC Music Magazine -

This Brahms double album enshrines performances that Valery Gergiev gave with the LSO at the Barbican in the latter months of 2012, and they richly deserved preservation. Gergiev produces a gripping, architecturally secure account of the First Symphony … Gergiev’s account of the Second … is refined and sensitive.

Brahms- Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (2013)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Souns - Neil Hutchinson
Recording location: Barbican London
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No 1- i. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
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Symphony No 1- ii. Andante sostenuto
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Symphony No 1- iii. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
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Symphony No 1- iv. Adagio - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
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Tragic Overture
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Symphony No 2- i. Allegro non troppo
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Symphony No 2- ii. Adagio non troppo
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Symphony No 2- iii. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino)
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Symphony No 2- iv. Allegro con spirito
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- i. Theme. Chorale St. Antoni- Andante
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- ii. Variation I- Poco piu animato
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- iii. Variation II- Piu vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- iv. Variation III- Con moto
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- v. Variation IV- Andante con moto
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- vi. Variation V- Vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- vii. Variation VI- Vivace
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- viii. Variation VII- Grazioso
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- ix. Variation VIII- Presto non troppo
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Variations on a Theme of Haydn- x. Finale- Andante
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