Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Recorded at the Philharmonie Köln in 2002 (No. 1)
and 2004 (No. 2)
WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, Semyon Bychkov
Directed by Hans Hadulla
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9 (Documentary 4:3)
Menu Languages: GB, D, F, SP
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 156 mins (98 mins Symphonies + 58 mins Doc)
DVD9 / NTSC
Special Feature: Portrait of Semyon Bychkov "The Horizon moves
with you" in 2 languages (D, GB), Subtitles in F, SP
Cat no.: 101 243
Any performance which captures, as this does, a sense of the
music being at one with itself is already halfway to heaven." -- The
Gramophone on the CD release
The first in this Brahms symphonic cycle (with Part II to follow next month)
sees Semyon Bychkov conducting the WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln in stirring
performances of the first two symphonies.
"The Symphony", said Johannes Brahms "is not something one would
trifle with these days". Brahms hereby expressed the mindset of a whole
generation of composers after Beethoven. With his Ninth Symphony Beethoven had
brought the genre to a level of perfection, and the general opinion was that
it could not be surpassed. However at the age of 43 Brahms rose to the challenge
and finally arrived at his own style - a work of great originality.
Semyon Bychkov's love and affection for the music of Brahms goes back to the
beginnings of his conducting career, gathering strength throughout his career.
In harmony with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, he shows us the depth and the magnificent
density of texture and feeling within these symphonies.
"With the exception - a glorious one - of Kurt Sanderling, there are
no Soviet conductors whom we immediately associate with Brahms. So where has
Bychkov landed and how does he see the music? The answer is, in a logical, clear-sighted
way, more after the manner of Weingartner or Boult than Furtwängler or
Texts are clean. Textures reflect Brahms's interest in a pre-Wagnerian
The results, for the most part, are unexceptionably fine"
-- The Gramophone