© 2010 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2010 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 25 May 2008 (Symphony No.1) and 27 September 2008 (Symphony No.2)
Total playing time: 85:47
Booklet text in English and German.
DDD Stereo
Released February 2010

CD: Brahms – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Brahms Symphony No. 1
Brahms Symphony No. 2

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader
‘You don’t know what it’s like always to hear that giant marching along behind me’, Brahms once wrote about Beethoven. Brahms took 21 years to complete his First Symphony, struggling under the weight of expectation as the worthy successor to Beethoven, renowned for his mastery of the symphony. Though this may have hindered Brahms’s speed, the result was worth waiting for – and the influence of Beethoven within this heroic work is undeniable. His Second Symphony was completed in just a few months and the overall mood is one of pastoral lyricism. This CD captures the impassioned live performances of both symphonies conducted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
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2 Audio CDs

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‘This is a beautifully well played version ...  I don’t think you can beat Vladimir Jurowski. In his hands this movement is so much more than a suite of linked dances: the vitality, the energy, the character are constantly swinging back and forth ... Superbly conceived as a whole, emotionally coherent and compelling, and with a lively awareness of the many, often overlooked, complexities of this seemingly easygoing symphony. The ending is roof-raising, and I’m glad that they left the applause in … after the invigorating coda, I feel like joining in.’
Selected by Stephen Johnson as BBC Radio 3's 'Building a Library' recommendation for Brahms's Symphony No. 2, 1 June 2013

'This pair of budget-priced CDs on the LPO’s own label demonstrate how, in the right hands, the first two symphonies can thrill and delight … exquisite wind playing … genuinely exciting.'
Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 22 February 2010

'Conductors, buy this and learn; the rest of us can just enjoy.' *****
BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Month, June 2010

'The Jurowski/LPO marriage abundantly exudes that rare joy in corporate music-making all too seldom encountered in this day and age. I can only wish my fellow music lovers in London the profoundest pleasure at the miracle occurring in their midst'
International Record Review, April 2010

'Free-flowing tempi, long singing lines, a carefully nurtured orchestral sound that’s very pleasing.'
BBC Radio 3's 'CD Review', February 2010

‘The London Philharmonic plays handsomely, and the fine-sounding live recording provides the proverbial “sense of the occasion”. Jurowski’s fresh approach is sure to stimulate the ear and keep listeners interested throughout.’
Victor Carr Jr, Classics Today, September 2014

'A tremendously exciting listen, culminating in a gloriously ebullient final dash for the finish line, blazing in the clarity of its attack.'
Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International, January 2015

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