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Brahms: Symphony No. 1 [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Johannes Brahms , Simone Young , Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - AllegroHamburg Philharmonic Orchestra17:39Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenutoHamburg Philharmonic Orchestra 9:38Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e graziosoHamburg Philharmonic Orchestra 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brioHamburg Philharmonic Orchestra17:27Album Only


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Simone Young
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Oehms Classics
  • ASIN: B00430CQ7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Brahms was a native of Hamburg, and so this CD is worth at least one cheer, and a second one for Simone Young, who by my count is only the second woman to record the Brahms First, following upon Marin Alsop. (Doubling the number of recordings sounds better than pointing to the obvious fact that men have swamped the market with hundreds of rival recordings.) I wish that I could offer a third cheer on musical grounds, but Young has decided on a drastically slow tempo in the first movement, a startling imitation of Celibidache at his most sluggish. Celi's devotees believe that he brings it off. In Young's case, the lack of rhythm is distressing, and nothing improves later on in this movement, which simply drags.

She is also measured in the Andante sostenuto, but here the accomplishment is closer to the intention. The reading feels grave and purposeful. There's a lack of force that won't please everyone, but the recorded sound is so good that you feel involved in the music as it unfolds -- would that other labels could make Brahms sound so full of color and detail. but the solo horn and violin aren't all that special, and Young hovers too near to mezzo forte all the time, which lessens the drama, something Brahms always aims for, even when he is being melancholy. The Scherzo is marked "graceful," a quality that Young misses -- the clarinets never bubble away -- but instead prefers a sober, steady pace. Brahms has a very sober side; therefore, this approach isn't a failure, but one does long for a bit of relief after two slow, serious movements.
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Australian star conductor Simone Young has now moved to Hamburg, basically as music director for the German city. She has gotten something of a royal city welcome, including having musical and related resources put at her disposal, over the likes of which she apparently at times fought (or at least, struggled), back home in Australia. There have been some notable opera releases, Wagner, and Hindemith. And, probably even better known globally, because better distributed globally, she is leading an ongoing Bruckner symphony cycle, captured in glorious super audio surround sound. Her boutique label is Oehms. Takes a while to actually make it to USA, but so far - outstanding.

(I have also been positively taken with the Frankfurt-Jarvi cycle of Bruckner symphonies, also released in wonderful super audio surround sound; but who knows if Sony BMG/RCA will lose their completist nerves?)

Snap in the midst of her Bruckner cycle from Oehms on SACD, we suddenly get a slow, big-boned, intense reading of Brahms first symphony. If I'm not mistaken, the composer hailed from Hamburg or thereabouts, so doing Brahms should prompt a recorded sense of special occasion - all heady celebration of Hamburg and of this great composer?

Right from the opening Maestoso, Young broadly sets a slow sounding tempo which would signal danger under other conductors who aim to get our attention by having the band so strike our ears. She is indeed leisurely, even perhaps relaxed in her way; but hardly slack as the music unfolds. As in her readings of Bruckner, so with Brahms - it is not so much her tempos as what she gets her band to do with her tempos.
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Brahms was a native of Hamburg, and so this CD is worth at least one cheer, and a second one for Simone Young, who by my count is only the second woman to record the Brahms First, following upon Marin Alsop. (Doubling the number of recordings sounds better than pointing to the obvious fact that men have swamped the market with hundreds of rival recordings.) I wish that I could offer a third cheer on musical grounds, but Young has decided on a drastically slow tempo in the first movement, a startling imitation of Celibidache at his most sluggish. Celi's devotees believe that he brings it off. In Young's case, the lack of rhythm is distressing, and nothing improves later on in this movement, which simply drags.

She is also measured in the Andante sostenuto, but here the accomplishment is closer to the intention. The reading feels grave and purposeful. There's a lack of force that won't please everyone, but the recorded sound is so good that you feel involved in the music as it unfolds -- would that other labels could make Brahms sound so full of color and detail. but the solo horn and violin aren't all that special, and Young hovers too near to mezzo forte all the time, which lessens the drama, something Brahms always aims for, even when he is being melancholy. The Scherzo is marked "graceful," a quality that Young misses -- the clarinets never bubble away -- but instead prefers a sober, steady pace. Brahms has a very sober side; therefore, this approach isn't a failure, but one does long for a bit of relief after two slow, serious movements.

I suspected that the overall stance taken by Young would work well in the opening of the finale, and she does give it weight and a degree of mystery, which is all to the good.
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