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Monteux: Brahms – Symphony no.2, Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture (FLAC)

Monteux: Brahms - Symphony no.2, Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture (FLAC)

Monteux: Brahms – Symphony no.2, Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture (FLAC)

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Monteux
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Decca
Catalogue: ELQ4808911
Release: 2016
Size: 324 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
01. 1. Allegro non troppo
02. 2. Adagio non troppo – L’istesso tempo, ma grazioso
03. 3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) – Presto ma non assai
04. 4. Allegro con spirito

05. Tragic Overture, Op. 81
06. Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

The name of Pierre Monteux evokes recollections of the man who conducted the Ballets Russes for Serge Diaghilev, and the notorious scandal surrounding the first performance of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps in Paris in 1913, as well as for scrupulous attention to style that he brought to bear on French masterpieces of the turn of the twentieth century, from Chausson via Debussy and Ravel to Milhaud. But he resented being pigeon-holed and his recordings of central nineteenth-century Romantic repertoire could be just as compelling. He also knew Brahms personally, having played the viola in the Geloso Quartet in a performance of one of the Brahms quartets with the composer present and lived long enough to see the revival of interest in Brahms’s music outside Germany. His Brahms performances – originally recorded for the Philips label – are full of light and grace. It also features Barry Tuckwell in the Second Symphony’s memorable horn solos. The original LP coupling did not include the Tragic Overture, which was first issued in 1994.

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