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Brahms: Symphony No 3, Etc / Bernard Haitink, London So


Release Date: 11/09/2004 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 56   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Let me begin with the Serenade, since it actually comes first on the disc...This new recording of it with the LSO under Haitink is superb, possibly the best I’ve heard. The acoustics of the hall seem to favor the winds, so that many delicate details of the score emerge with crystal clarity... I must say that I really like Haitink’s way with the Third Symphony, and I’m very impressed with this performance. He even takes the first movement repeat, for which I am grateful. To my ear, the brass and wind sections are still the stars of this orchestra. The strings, though very good, are more half-and-half than they are heavy cream. But that could just be an anomaly of the hall acoustics. This is not a symphony I like hearing played on the fast Read more side, so Haitink’s moderate tempos strike me as just right. I also feel that he understands and gets at the darker underside of this work, which is not happy in spite of the F-A-F pretense. Remember, the Third is the anti-thesis to the Second’s thesis, which is truly positive and optimistic. Haitink brings out a sadness in the Third that I’ve rarely heard, and that I believe is quite appropriate. This is a tricky work to bring off, and I think Haitink and the LSO have done right by it. Highly recommended." Jerry Dubins, FANFARE Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
2. Serenade no 2 in A major, Op. 16 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Germany 

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