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Brahms: Symphony No 2, Alto Rhapsody / Nelsons, Lucerne Festival Orchestra


Release Date: 04/28/2015 
Label:  Accentus   Catalog #: 20325  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sara Mingardo
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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BRAHMS, J.: Serenade No. 2 / Alto Rhapsody / Symphony No. 2 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Nelsons) (NTSC)

In 2014, all signs pointed to a new beginning at the Lucerne Festival. For the first time, the festival would take place without the incomparable Claudio Abbado, with the young Latvian Andris Nelsons leading the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Nelsons had already won the trust and respect of both listeners and performers in a moving memorial concert for Abbado in Lucerne. He is known internationally as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Now he was poised to lead the prestigious festival into a new era – he
Read more brilliantly mastered this “greatest challenge”(as he himself called it) of his career. The audience and the musicians responded with heart-felt gratitude. “He is aware of every single player and carries us on an unbelievable wave of enthusiasm”, according to concertmaster Sebastian Breuninger. Solo violist Wolfram Christ adds, “Nelsons accepts what is inherent in our orchestra and what comes from Abbado; he builds on it and makes it into something new.”

ANDRIS NELSONS CONDUCTS BRAHMS

Johannes Brahms:
Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Sara Mingardo, contralto
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern, 15–16 August 2014

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean
Running time: 109 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
2.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
3.
Serenade no 2 in A major, Op. 16 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 A Top-Notch Brahms Program July 4, 2016 By Wayne H. (McAlester, OK) See All My Reviews "This trio of masterpieces by Brahms was recorded at the 2014 Lucerne Festival, conducted by Andris Nelsons. The Serenade No. 2, which omits violins, is simply a winner, and it is highly appropriate to see the distinguished violist, Wolfram Christ, sitting in the concertmaster's seat. Likewise, the short but emotionally powerful Alto Rhapsody is very well done, although it might help English speaking viewers to see a translation of the Goethe text at the bottom of the screen. The big challenge to review is the performance of the Symphony No. 2, which has been recorded by some very distinguished competition over the years. Nelsons emphasizes the dynamic contrasts more than some others but generally delivers a performance worthy of this great music. The sound and the video direction are excellent. Because I already have the symphony on other DVDs, I bought this for the Serenade and the Alto Rhapsody, and I am delighted with them." Report Abuse
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