Symphony No. 2 in D Major & Symphony No. 3 in F Major (2007)

Brahms

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Marek Janowski

With the greatest of approval, critics and audience alike had greeted the première of the symphony, which was given a brilliant performance on December 30, 1877 by the Vienna Philharmonic under Hans Richter. All the worries and problems which had dogged and tormented Brahms for almost 15 years during the composition of his Symphony No. 1 were now forgotten. Finally, the breakthrough had come about, after years of battling with the symphonic form and his own selfdoubt, and this second symphony provided a magnificent confirmation of the fact. The shadow of the “giant” Beethoven had definitely been cast off.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

For more than 115 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has been an essential part of Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. The PSO, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck assumed the position of Music Director with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Heading the list of internationally recognized conductors to have led the PSO is Victor Herbert, Music Director between 1898 and 1904, who influenced the early development of the PSO. Preceding Herbert was Frederic Archer (1896-1899), the first Pittsburgh Orchestra Conductor. The Orchestra’s solidification as an American institution took place in the late 1930s under the direction of Maestro Otto Klemperer. Conductors prior to Klemperer were Emil Paur (1904-1910), Elias Breeskin (1926-1930) and Antonio Modarelli (1930-1937). From 1938 to 1948, under the dynamic directorship of Fritz Reiner, the Orchestra embarked on a new phase of its history, making its first international tour and its first commercial recording. The PSO’s standard of excellence was maintained and enhanced through the inspired leadership of William Steinberg during his quarter-century as Music Director between 1952 and 1976. André Previn (1976-1984) led the Orchestra to new heights through tours, recordings and television, including the PBS series, Previn and the Pittsburgh. Lorin Maazel began his relationship with the PSO in 1984 as Music Consultant but later served as a highly regarded Music Director from 1988-1996. As Music Director from 1997-2004, Mariss Jansons furthered the artistic growth of the orchestra, and upon his departure, the PSO created an innovative leadership model with Artistic Advisor Sir Andrew Davis, Principal Guest Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and Endowed Guest Conductor Chair Marek Janowski. These three conductors formed the primary artistic leadership for the Orchestra until January 2007, when the PSO selected Honeck to take the reins at the start of the 2008-2009 season. In February 2012, Honeck agreed to extend his contract with the PSO through the 2019-2020 season.

Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski has been artistic director of the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin (= RSB, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) since 2002. Under his directorship between 1984 and 2000, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France rose to become the leading orchestra in France. During a number of years, he also put his personal stamp on the Gu?rzenich Orchester Köln (1986-1990), the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000-2005), and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (2005-2012).

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Symphony No. 2 in D Major & Symphony No. 3 in F Major (2007)

Brahms

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    'This recording is a joint labor of love and we pray'

The sound on this recording is exquisitely balanced instrumentally amid the three front speakers in depth and breadth across the wide expanse the full orchestra occupies on the performance stage. The sense of spatial acoustics is near perfect, as if you were seated on front row center/center-right on the 2nd balcony, that’s where one finds the best balanced hall acoustics (I sit there), and this is how I remember that concert, if and when I raise the gain in my system by 5 to 7 decibels, then the sonority this recording imparts to my own listening room is almost like being there again. No orchestra could ask for better sound than PentaTone provided, and PentaTone could not have found a more high-principled orchestra than the PSO and conductor Janowski. This recording is a joint labor of love and we pray that would never cease as an example of what can really be done artistically and technologically if an orchestra and a recording label are in synch. Thank you all.

John Nemaric from Audiophile Audition[read full review]

Symphony No. 2 in D Major & Symphony No. 3 in F Major (2007)

Brahms

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Digital Converters: Meitner EMM Labs
Mixing Board: Modified Studer 962
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter, Bill McKinney, Mark Donahue
Recording location: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh USA
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 2 - Allegro non troppo
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Symphony No. 2 - Adagio non troppo
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Symphony No. 2 - Allegretto grazioso
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Symphony No. 2 - Allegro con spirito
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Symphony No. 3 - Allegro con brio
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Symphony No. 3 - Andante
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Symphony No. 3 - Poco Allegretto
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Symphony No. 3 - Allegro
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