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BRAHMS: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (NTSC)



BRAHMS: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (NTSC)

DVD Clip
Johannes BRAHMS
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)

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 Sanderling … Texts are clean. Textures reflect Brahms's interest in a pre-Wagnerian sound world. … The results, for the most part, are unexceptionably fine" -- The Gramophone


Brahms, Johannes

Bychkov, Semyon

West German Radio Symphony Orchestra

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Classical Concert

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 101243

Barcode: 807280124392

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Physical Release: 08/2005

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