Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture, Variations on a Theme of Haydn
 
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Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture, Variations on a Theme of Haydn

September 30, 2013

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Symphony No 1 in C Minor, Op 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
16:57
2
Symphony No 1 in C Minor, Op 68: II. Andante sostenuto
9:50
3
Symphony No 1 in C Minor, Op 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
4:52
4
Symphony No 1 in C Minor, Op 68: IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
17:20
5
Tragic Overture Op 81
14:33
Disc 2
1
Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73: I. Allegro non troppo
20:13
2
Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73: II. Adagio non troppo
9:34
3
Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73: III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino)
5:17
4
Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73: IV. Allegro con spirito
9:31
5
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: I. Thema - Chorale St. Antoni - Andante
1:52
6
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: II. Variation I, Poco più animato
1:15
7
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: III. Variation II, Più vivace
0:57
8
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: IV. Variation III, Con moto
1:38
9
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: V. Variation IV, Andante con moto
1:57
10
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: VI. Variation V, Vivace
0:53
11
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: VII. Variation VI, Vivace
1:20
12
Variations On A Theme Of Haydn Op 56a: VIII. Variation VII, Grazioso
2:30
13
Variations On A Theme Of Haydn Op 56a: IX. Variation VIII, Presto Non Troppo
1:08
14
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op 56a: X. Finale, Andante
3:27


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 30, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 London Symphony Orchestra
  • Total Length: 2:05:04
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  • ASIN: B00FCIRQ20
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,948 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon requires 1 star. November 16, 2013
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It really rates ZERO stars. I had purchased some other Gergiev recordings some years ago but found them disappointing. Some of the top Amazon reviewers had been praising the maestro, saying that he was, perhaps, the greatest conductor alive today. I chose to buy this and his Rachmaninov Symphony #2 to determine whether I had been mistaken previously. Well he's just not my cup of tea; a bit pompous, not very imaginative or original as a conductor as I see him.

Making things worse, the sound quality on both of these LSO recordings is not very good at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Real Gergiev April 1, 2014
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Russia’s Ministry of Culture recently called leading artists and intellectuals to suggest that they endorse a petition hailing President Vladimir V. Putin’s annexation of Crimea, sparking impassioned accusations from the literati that the Kremlin was resurrecting repugnant Soviet methods.

Boldface names immediately signed: Valery Gergiev, the director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra; the pianist Denis Matsuev; and Vladimir Urin, the director general of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

But even as Russia’s leaders employed a tactic that harked back to Stalin, pressuring its cultural elite to kowtow, the effort was not without problems. At least one artist whose name appeared was dead. Several more protested that their signatures had been added without their knowledge. And opponents of the Crimea venture responded with a mixture of derision and outrage, issuing their own diatribe against the Kremlin’s Ukraine policy titled “Don’t Bend, Don’t Yield to Lies.
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As soon as he took over the reins at the LSO, Gergiev defied expectations with a spectacular Mahler cycle, music that is barely identified with Russian music-making. After two world wars against Germany, Wagner and Brahms didn't stand in good stead, either, so we can expect raised eyebrows over this two-fer of the Brahms First and Second. Gergiev is a stranger to Brahms on disc except for accompanying Nikolaj Znaider in the Violin Cto. on RCA/BMG, which for me wasn't a huge success on his part. but I belong to the camp that considers Gergiev one of the greatest living conductors, and I was eager to hear his Brahms in a way I hadn't felt since hearing Mravinsky's Brahms cycle decades ago.

Brahms is one instance where the division between Toscanini and Furtwangler actually holds good, and Gergiev's steady beat and forward momentum in the first movement of sym. 1 tells us that he's not going to side with Furtwangler. But he's not impatient and driven enough to be toscanini, either, which leaves open the possibility that he will wind up being rather ordinary. It's also not favorable that the LSO's playing is fairly nondescript and the recorded sound is lacking in depth. Gergiev, like almost every Russian conductor, is essentially a Romantic, and perhaps he's at pains not to smother the Brahms First by leaning in too hard. The result is clean, smooth, musical, and direct - not ordinary but breaking no new trails. I only wish that the conductor had found more struggle and heroism in this monumental work. We've been having too much Brahms lite already (in case John eliot Gardiner is listening). No one since Simon Rattle and the Berliners (on EMI) has given us a very memorable Brahms First.

Since Gergiev is often strongest in slow, soft music, the first movement of Sym.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turn up the volume for greater enjoyment January 28, 2014
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Gergiev's partnership with the LSO is rather unique in that their collaborations result in some very fine live recordings released by their own record label. Their Mahler series was underrated. A constant complaint is the coarse sound quality. In reality, the sound quality is on par with Gergiev's Kirov recordings. He doesn't put a sheen on the orchestra and works with the natural sound of the instruments.

With these LSO Live discs, a simple turn of the volume knob yields greater bloom from the instruments without any ear pain.

Gergiev and the LSO are very well rehearsed for these Brahms' symphonies. Since the performances are live, the concentration level of the players is very high. They play the music at a tempo more like Karajan and Haitink or Toscanini than the epic drawn-out versions of Giulini or Asahina. While Brahms sounds good at either measure, Gergiev and the LSO are completely at one with the symphonies during these performances.

The percussion and low basses are never distorted and the higher notes from the piccolos and flutes never jar the ear.

The Tragic Overture is very good. One of the best I've heard. It, too, has a fast pace and a very natural orchestral sound when played back a higher volume level.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Routine readings November 28, 2013
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While I've generally enjoyed Gergiev's LSO Live recordings, there is nothing inspiring here. The sound and orchestral playing are more than acceptable, but the grandeur of the 1st and the 'smiling' of the 2nd don't come through. I can't say I could identify 'the best' recordings of these symphonies, but you could start with Bernstein, Szell, Karajan etc and do better than these.
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