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  Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 - Jansons
  Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73, Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Mariss Jansons (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by hiredfox March 25, 2011 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
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Having just received this disc I was quite disappointed with a first spinning. The two symphonies were recorded in different locations by different recording teams some 4 years apart and it certainly shows. The later recording of the 3rd shows a much more controlled and measured approach to Brahms than the earlier 2nd clearly the result of a blossoming of the relationship between Jansons and the orchestra. A faltering and relatively cool account of the 2nd in which the structure is unclear and there is a distinct lack of lyricism suggests Jansons was not really at ease with this score at that time. Of course Brahms 2 is not easy or that forgiving and for me this account just doesn't work.

The recording quality of the 2nd is mixed to say the least, very shrill in the upper strings and woodwinds and a rather diffuse feel to a disappointingly narrow sound-stage with poor delineation of individual instrumental soloists. The first part is also very clearly recorded at a much lower resolution, having a CD like edginess about it which makes for an uncomfortable listening session.

Jansons handles the 3rd rather well with tremendous vitality and forward momentum that fills the listener throughout with excitement and great anticipation. It is delightful to relax and be borne along with this familiar work without pause for breath. The recording is much better informed technically and more in keeping with the current expectations of this fine label but having said that, this is in my opinion the least attractive of their offerings so far.

Nowhere near a match for Abbado who set the standard for modern day Brahms recordings and is still a front runner

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Review by willemvoorneveld June 15, 2012 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Brahms 2 & 3

So far this is my favourite recording of Brahms 2 & 3. Key words that come to my mind after listening to nr 2. are: architecture, Balanced, warm, deep emotions and also light and clear.

Jansons reveals more layers from the score than I had ever heard under other conductors, and he keeps the momentum till the last phrase. Same applies to number 3 on the same disc. Mariss Jansons can be trusted with Brahms providing you like Brahms played in the north European tradition in which overall balance plays is key. Not surprisingly then Haitink with LSO are my other favourites on SACD.

The recording:
I know the herkulessaal very well and can truly say that the 5.0 presentation of nr.2 on this disc comes close to a live performance experience. Violins have a the very natural (Agile) top end and percussion sounds with lots of space as in real live. I hope the team in Bayern continues to release SACDís of live performances.

Less familiar I am with the acoustics of the famous Golderner Saal in Vienna but based on the presentation on this disc it is even better than the Herkulessaal in Munchen. Played in 5.0 with 5 large speakers the difference in hall acoustics became very clear and especially copper and wood sounded superb.
Keep going BR (In SACD please)

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Works: 2  

Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90