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Brahms: Symphonies Nos 2 & 3 / Szell, Cleveland Orchestra


Release Date: 01/03/1992 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 47652   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Szell's performances are very satisfying indeed. His Brahms is robust in strong movements, yet expressive in quiet ones, even if not so deeply embtional as we hear from some conductors. He practically never allows any mannerisms of interpretation, 'points' that can become so tiresome with repeated playing of a record, yet interpretations are never without character... As to the playing, it is very fine; and it is good to be reminded again of this orchestra's soaring violins, its distinguished solo playing, its corporate discipline and rhythm. Very thrilling Brahms.

-- Gramophone [10/1973, reviewing these recordings on LP]
Szell's performances are very satisfying indeed. His Brahms is robust in strong movements, yet expressive in quiet ones, even if not so deeply embtional as we hear from some conductors. He practically never allows any mannerisms of interpretation, 'points' that can become so tiresome with repeated playing of a record, yet interpretations are never without character... As to the playing, it is very fine; and it is good to be reminded again of this orchestra's soaring violins, its distinguished solo playing, its corporate discipline and rhythm. Very thrilling Brahms.

-- Gramophone [10/1973, reviewing these recordings on LP]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1967 
2.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1964 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 AND NOW, THE CYCLE IS COMPLETE... August 31, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "I got a whole bunch of CDs in today's mail, and among them were the long-awaited Brahms 2nd and 3rd symphonies with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.Now I've got them all, and I'm going to have a musical feast. Szell has always been one of my very favorite conductors and the orchestra is nothing less than superb. Each of the symphonies has a story to tell, a mood to convey---for example, the 2nd symphony could well be subtitled Pastoral, and every time I hear it I think of a warm, sunny summer afternoon in the countryside and all that it brings.Especially with Szell and the Clevelanders. Beautiful!" Report Abuse
 Szell Sizzels On Brahms ' Symphonies Two and Thr June 29, 2015 By owen  r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Brahms Second and Third are more subdued works than the dramatic bookends One and Four. After the very long gestation of his First, the Second came out a year later. Brahms wrote his publisher that it ''is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it.'' Generally it is described as cheery and almost pastoral. Musical Scholar Kelly Dean Hansen writes '' despite the troubled moments, the symphony's overall effect is still radiant and bucolic. The contradictions however are very real.'' The Third has been described as transitional to his late period with its adherence to a more cyclical classical form. The Third is characterized by rapid changes, sweeping melodies and a spiritual nature (Brigette Markuse booklet notes). Both of these middle symphonies are played with great acuity and skill by Szell and his Cleveland Orchestra. It's too bad that this is a special order item costing more than twice its original price." Report Abuse
 Brahms is awesome April 15, 2012 By Barbara H. (Lincolnshire, IL) See All My Reviews "The cleveland Orchestra is a remarkable machine under the baton of maestro Szell. Thoroughly enjoyable rendition of Brahms 2 & 3" Report Abuse
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