Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Hungarian Dances

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
While an improvement over her earlier recording of Brahms' "First Symphony," American conductor Marin Alsop's new recording of Brahms' "Second" is still nothing to write home about. As before, the London Philharmonic plays superlatively, with strong strings, blended winds, and warm brass and, as before, Alsop conducts superbly, with a cogent ensemble, a full sound, and muscular rhythms. The problem, as before, is that Alsop's interpretations, while well-phrased and admirably shaped, are ultimately shallow. For all the clarity of her phrasing and the lucidity of her textures, Alsop's melodies have no nuance, her shapes have no substance, and her colors have no shadows. Her...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
While an improvement over her earlier recording of Brahms' "First Symphony," American conductor Marin Alsop's new recording of Brahms' "Second" is still nothing to write home about. As before, the London Philharmonic plays superlatively, with strong strings, blended winds, and warm brass and, as before, Alsop conducts superbly, with a cogent ensemble, a full sound, and muscular rhythms. The problem, as before, is that Alsop's interpretations, while well-phrased and admirably shaped, are ultimately shallow. For all the clarity of her phrasing and the lucidity of her textures, Alsop's melodies have no nuance, her shapes have no substance, and her colors have no shadows. Her performances of eight of Brahms' "Hungarian Dances" orchestrated by Brahms and Dvorák are more successful because the music is more straightforward and plays to Alsop's strengths, and, once again, the LPO performs brilliantly. But there are dozens of better performances of Brahms' "Second" available -- try Furtwängler's or Walter's for starters, then try Abbado's or Davis' for later recordings. Speaking of recordings, Naxos' sound is dim, distant, and gray.
Gramophone - Richard Osborne
This is a late-summer idyll of a performance, easily paced, nicely judged and warmly played. For first-time buyers it will provide unalloyed pleasure.
Time Out New York - Steve Smith
Alsop manages the work's balances and transitions with a firm but gentle hand; the orchestra responds with disciplined ardor and burnished tone. The results do conductor and ensemble proud.

Alsop manages the work's balances and transitions with a firm but gentle hand; the orchestra responds with disciplined ardor and burnished tone. The results do conductor and ensemble proud.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313242924
  • Catalog Number: 8557429
  • Sales rank: 249,705

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (44:59)
  2. 2 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (3:16)
  3. 3 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 3 in F major - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (2:46)
  4. 4 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 10 F major - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (1:52)
  5. 5 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 17 in F sharp minor - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (3:35)
  6. 6 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 18 in D major - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (1:32)
  7. 7 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 19 in B minor - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (2:39)
  8. 8 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 20 in E minor - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (2:44)
  9. 9 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 21 in E minor - Johannes Brahms & Marin Alsop (1:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marin Alsop Primary Artist
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