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



Gewandhausorchester Leipzig


Herbert Blomstedt


Brahms, Johannes

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


Gewandhausorchester Leipzig


Herbert Blomstedt


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.

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