Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & Double Concerto

April 5, 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: 2004 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:14:45
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  • ASIN: B000QQWORA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,682 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The LSO Live label used to be bargain priced, but now it's gone up to mid-price. The sonics are quite good, despite the difficult venue of the Barbican Center in north London. This Brahms Second is lighter and more alert than Haitink's last go with the Boston Sym. on Philips. He does not see Brahms in the profound, conflicted, passionate terms of, say, a Bernstein or Furtwangler. In his smoother, at times sunny approach, Haitink has found a viable way to interpret the Brahms Second, the most pastoral of the four symphonies. The LSO plays suavely, with beautiful balance of chords and instrumental voices.

The late Double Concerto makes for a pairing of contrasts, since it is mysterious, inward, at times gloomy, and not remotely pastoral. Haitink calls on the orchestra's first-desk cello and concertmaster rather than spotlighting two famous virtuosos. Both play very expressively, without undue weight or seriousness. I especially admired the gorgeous tone of both violin and cello, sumptuously caught by the engineers. For all its virtues, this performance could use more passion and distinctiveness, but it joins the Second Sym. to make up a polished and enjoyable CD, if not exctly an essential one.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
LSO Live and the London Symphony pay ample homage not only to Brahms but also to distinguished Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink in the first of two recent releases of Brahms symphonies. Without question this is the best live recording of the Brahms 2nd Symphony I have heard, easily eclipsing Kurt Masur's acclaimed account with the New York Philharmonic recorded nearly a decade ago by Teldec. It is also Haitink's finest recording of this work, which he has recorded previously with both the Royal Concertgebouw and Boston Symphony orchestras. Haitink does a wonderful job emphasizing the textural richness of Brahms' score, while keeping the orchestra playing well at a very brisk tempo. However, the real treasure on this recording is the excellent performance of the Double Concerto by the London Symphony's Concertmaster and Principal Cellist which opens this CD. Theirs is a vibrant, rhapsodic performance which compares quite well - indeed I think may be better - than the recent Deutsche Grammophon recording featuring violinist Gil Shaham with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. Once again the orchestra plays with much intensity and warmth, led ably by Haitink. Without a doubt this is one of the best LSO Live recordings I have heard, and one which should please long-time admirers of Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra as well as Brahms fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt on February 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The 4th movement of the 2nd symphony exemplifies the exhilarating and breathtaking verve with which the LSO customarily play these days, but the gentle lilt of the 3rd movement, the edgy beauty of the 2nd and the nobility of the 1st all equally impress. This performance, under Haitink's sure yet refreshing guide, is truly magnificent. The Double Concerto is barely less brilliant, with excellent integration of the music between soloists and orchestra (hardly surprising perhaps when those soloists are the LSO's leader and principal cellist) and really spicy playing by all. I cannot praise this CD enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra have a fine relationship in communication. The orchestra is lively and responsive to his demands, a factor that is always best judged from recordings such as this - from a live performance. This particularly well prepared concert was recording in Barbican in London in May of 2003. The reading of the Brahms Symphony No. 2 is fully of light and Haitink finds all the inner voices at times buried in Brahms' thick orchestral writing. This is a bright and joyous reading with excellent responses from all the sections in their solo portions.

The second portion of this recording (actually played first on the CD is the Brahms Double Concerto in which the first desk cellist Tim Hugh and concertmaster , violinist Gordan Nikolitch serve as competent soloists. This reading stresses Brahms' Hungarian dances atmosphere, the soloists both emphasize the gypsy flavor seldom heard in performances of this oddly unsatisfying composition and their conversations are lively and assertive. In all for a live recording the sound is splendid. This CD is a fine opening of the Haitink survey of the works of Brahms. Just don't look for any revelations here. Grady Harp, May 11
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