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Brahms: Symphony No 2, Academic Festival Overture / Judd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog #: 28500   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Englishman James Judd has been music director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a decade, and got some deserved notice a few years back for his Harmonia Mundi recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 (with "Blumine"). His reading of the Brahms's opening movement is earnest and respectful. This is certainly a valid approach, although I'd not want to be without Bruno Walter's exciting, slightly impatient view of the score or the gentle, dreamy quality that George Szell brought to it. As seems to be the rule these days, Judd takes the exposition repeat—the movement runs nearly 22 and a half minutes but doesn't come close to seeming overly long. The Adagio begins with a restrained dignity and features gorgeous brass Read more chorales; the Allegretto grazioso provides a relaxed contrast, a breath of fresh air after the solemnity of the first two movements. The tone of the finale is consistent with what came earlier, even as the mood is more celebratory, with a return to weightier textures. Judd's version of the Academic Festival Overture moves along nicely, the conductor relishing the work's tunefulness. The stolid, almost British-sounding presentation of "Gaudeamus Igitur" brings the piece to a rousing conclusion. This disc is a keeper, no matter how much Brahms you have.

– Andrew Quint, Fanfare, reviewing a previous issue of this recording Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Length: 47 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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