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Brahms: Symphony No 2 & Double Concerto

  • Catalogue Number LSO0043
    UPC 822231104322

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer

    Recorded live at the Barbican on 17 and 18 May 2003

    High Density DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch

  • Editor's Choice ‘The recording, rich and immediate, brings out in gratifying measure the tactile measure of Brahm’s writing’ Gramophone

    CD of the Week Classic FM

    Best Recording ‘This is often called the sunniest of Brahms’s four symphonies, but the more you listen to it the more ambiguous and shadowy it seems.’
    The Telegraph

    'A classic recording.' The Independent

    'The finale heaves with manic elation ... The Double Concerto is equally intense. [Gordan Nikolitch and Tim Hugh] are infintely expressive, never showily flamboyant. They are very much the equal of starrier pairings who have recorded the work before.'
    The Times

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Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra


After struggling to complete his first symphony, Brahms composed his Symphony No 2 with ease and the work overflows with a relaxed, pastoral beauty. His Double Concerto is laced with a fiery gypsy passion and pitches violin and cello against orchestra.

This release is Bernard Haitink's first on the LSO Live label and marks the start of a complete Brahms Symphony cycle, music in which Haitink excels. Gordan Nikolitch and Tim Hugh, the LSO's Leader and Principal Cellist respectively, and accomplished soloists in their own right, step out from the orchestra for the Double Concerto.


Composer   Brahms
Conductor   Bernard Haitink
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra
Soloists   Gordan Nikolitch, Tim Hugh

Track list
1. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor: I. Allegro
2. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor: II. Andante
3. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor: III. Vivace non troppo
4. Symphony No 2 in D Major: I. Allegro non troppo
5. Symphony No 2 in D Major: II. Adagio non troppo
6. Symphony No 2 in D Major: III. Allegretto grazioso
7. Symphony No 2 in D Major: IV. Allegro con spirito

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