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Ancerl Gold Edition 31 - Brahms: Symphony No 2 / Suk, Et Al


Release Date: 10/26/2004 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3691   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Josef SukAndré Navarra
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As with his equally successful recording of the Brahms First Symphony, Karel Ancerl's version of the Second features razor-sharp rhythms, perfect ensemble balance, and fabulous playing from the Czech Philharmonic. Some listeners might detect a slight lack of charm in the third movement, or perhaps may miss the physical lift that others have brought to the closing pages, but in terms of musicality and faithfulness to the composer's intentions, this performance is outstanding by any measure. Its precision and lack of sentimentality, all at just about ideal tempos, surely would have earned Brahms' approval, and the same qualities characterize the Double Concerto, with excellent solo work from Suk and Navarra (a touch gruff in tone, perhaps). Read more Remastering has brightened the sound to the point where the climaxes sound a bit aggressive, but better this than boxiness or constriction. Ancerl collectors will need no further encouragement from me, but this disc deserves wider circulation as well. It's very, very fine.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1967 
Venue:  Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 38 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: 1963 - 1967 
2. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Venue:  Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 32 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague (09/30/1963 - 10/01/1963) 

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