Brahms - Symphony no.2, Academic Festival Overture | Pentatone PTC5186851

Brahms - Symphony no.2, Academic Festival Overture

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186851

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 23rd April 2021

Contents

Artists

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Academic Festival Overture, op.80
Symphony no.2 in D major, op.73

Artists

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

About

Maestro Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continue their integral Brahms symphonies project with a recording of the composer’s Second Symphony in D major, alongside his Academic Festival Overture. Although idyllic and pastoral at first sight, Brahms himself remarked that he had “never written anything so sad”. Blomstedt and the orchestra bring out all the different moods and colours of this exceptional work, while the Academic Festival Overture provides a jubilant, glorious conclusion.

Blomstedt’s work as a conductor is inseparably linked to his religious and human ethos, and his interpretations combine great faithfulness to the score and analytical precision with a soulfulness that awakens the music to pulsating life. In the more than sixty years of his career, he has acquired the unrestricted respect of the musical world. The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig is the oldest civic orchestra in the world with a glorious history, and is still counted among the world’s leading ensembles. Their PENTATONE debut with Brahms’s First Symphony and Tragic Overture (2020) received rave reviews.

Reviews

Brahms’s Symphony No 2 (1877) shares some of the glowing melancholy of the Violin Concerto he composed a year later... This is the mood Blomstedt favours in the warm, flowing contours of the opening Allegro, with transparency and attack shaping the other three movements.
The Observer 30 May 2021
the special glory of Blomstedt’s thoughtful interpretation is its emotional resonance...Blomstedt shows us its beauty, but equally unveils its dark melancholy, particularly felt in bridging passages pursued at hesitant speeds. This is a performance that should last.  Geoff Brown
The Times 12 May 2021

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