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.
Total time: 01:19:13
Meitner EMM Labs
|Original Recording Format|
Modified Studer 962
Everett Porter, Bill McKinney, Mark Donahue
Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh USA
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|Release Date||July 7, 2015|
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.
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