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LS 0733

Brahms - Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 etc

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev


Barbican, London


James Mallinson


Neil Hutchinson

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 125:18
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Symphony No.1 *

1 I Un poco sostenuto - Allegro 16:58
2 II Andante sostenuto 9:51
3 III Un poco allegretto e grazioso 4:53
4 IV Adagio - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio 17:20

Tragic Overture **


Symphony No.2 **

6 I Allegro non troppo 20:14
7 II Adagio non troppo 9:34
8 III Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) 5:18
9 IV Allegro con spirito 9:32

Variations on a Theme of Haydn ***

10 I Thema. Chorale St Antoni: Andante 1:53
11 II Variation I: Poco più animato 1:16
12 III Variation II: Più vivace 1:00
13 IV Variation III: Con moto 1:38
14 V Variation IV: Andante con moto 1:57
15 VI Variation V: Vivace 0:54
16 VII Variation VI: Vivace 1:20
17 VIII Variation VII: Grazioso 2:31
18 IX Variation VIII: Presto non troppo 1:09
19 X Finale: Andante 3:27

LSO LS 0733

Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1 and 2; ‘Haydn’ Variations; Tragische Ouvertüre – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev begins his Brahms cycle with recordings of the first two symphonies, Tragische Ouvertüre and ‘Haydn’ Variations. The performance and recording of Brahms’s symphonies was a new departure for Gergiev, an opportunity he relished with energy and enthusiasm, and his interpretations have been acknowledged as shining new light on these works. He toured the symphonies internationally, among others to the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012.

The ‘Haydn’ Variations was Brahms’s first orchestral work and the first set of independent variations for orchestra by any composer. Brahms’s epic First Symphony, a work of dignity and grandeur, was ecstatically received at its premiere in 1876, and Brahms was soon heralded as one of the great symphonic masters. His Second Symphony, with its joyful melodies and pastoral beauty, is governed by a more relaxed tone than its predecessor. The Tragische Ouvertüre, on the other hand, is turbulent and tormented, possessed of a powerful and magnificent energy.

 "... very strongly recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - March/April 2014

"... 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. Gegiev’s way with Brahms - broad, lush, passionate - is not the only way; but it is consistent and very enjoyable, and I hope we’ll see the Third and Fourth before long. The orchestra plays very well ... the sound is good."

Paul Althouse - American Record Guide - January/February 2014

                       *** (Good Disc)    

Bertrand Dermoncourt - Classica magazine (France) - December 2013/January 2014

                       Performance ****        Recording ****

"...Gergiev produces a gripping, architecturally secure account of the First Symphony ... While his First Symphony is muscular and big-boned, Gergiev’s account of the Second - distinguished by finer orchestral playing - is refined and sensitive... a delightful reading [Haydn Variations}; not only do the individual variations flow on from one another with admirable fluidity, but they are full of exquisite playing and sensitivity to sonority ..."

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - Christmas 2013

                    ***  - Good

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - November 2013

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