Symphony No. 2 Archive
William WALTON: Symphony No. 1—Symphony No. 2. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits, onyxclassics ONYX4168, 73:50, ***** Once in a while a reviewer hears a performance of familiar works that is so unique that it redefines the music. Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has made a recording that expresses the passion and warmth of two […]
FRANZ SCHMIDT: Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Major; R. STRAUSS: Dreaming by the Fireside – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Semyon Bychkov – Sony 88985355522, 55:20 (6/2/17) ****: Semyon Bychkov and the VPO celebrate music that proves endemic to Vienna, in their under-rated favorite son, Franz Schmidt. Generally speaking, the late-Romantic music of Franz Schmidt (1874-1939) has not […]
Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 – Robert Casadesus (p.) / Swiss Festival Orch. Vienna Phil. – Audite
Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 – Robert Casadesus, piano/ Swiss Festival Orchestra/ Vienna Philharmonic – Audite 95.645, 68:21 (5/19/17) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Grand music-making defines these two concerts led by veteran Carl Schuricht. The appearance […]
MAHLER : Symphony No 2 – Heather Harper (sop) / Helen Watts (mezzo) / London SO and chorus / Georg Solti – HDTT
MAHLER : Symphony No 2 – Heather Harper (sop) / Helen Watts (mezzo) / London Symphony Chorus / London SO / Georg Solti – HDTT [various formats including hi-res PCM & DSD from www.highdeftapetransfers.com] [Reviewed from DSD64 files] TT: 80:34 ****: A historic recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony under Solti’s baton, now “resurrected” with HDTT! […]
ELGAR: Symphony No. 2; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de Matin – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./Vasily Petrenko – Onyx Classics
A very worthwhile addition to the Elgar resurgence. EDWARD ELGAR: Symphony No. 2; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de Matin – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./Vasily Petrenko – Onyx Classics ONYX4165, 69:44 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] (3/24/17) ***1/2: Sir Edward Elgar wrote two symphonies, relatively late in life and they have a long history of fairly sparse performance. […]
A fourth entry into the Monteux legacy at Tanglewood delivers mirth and heroism, at once. Monteux at Tanglewood, Vol. 4 (1962) – BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36; R. STRAUSS: Ein Heledenleben, Op. 40 – Boston Sym. Orch./ Pierre Monteux – Pristine Audio PASC 481, 72:30 [avail. in various formats from www.pristineclassical.com] […]
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E minor – Concertgebouw Orch./ Mariss Jansons – RCO Live RCO 16004 multichannel 5.0 SACD, 55:49 (6/24/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: A fine offering of this popular symphony. Rachmaninoff composed his Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 in 1906-1907. Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony premiered in St. Petersburg on February […]
An intriguing collection of English Music from both sides of the coin. TIPPETT: Symphony No. 2* [ world première]; BLISS: Welcome The Queen – March; March from ‘Things to Come’; Checkmate (excerpts); Theme and Cadenza for violin and orchestra; Overture: Edinburgh / BBC SO / Sir Adrian Boult*/ BBC Concert Orch. / Sir Arthur Bliss […]
*********** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************ RACHMANINOV: Sym. No. 2; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS
A glorious performance of sumptuous demeanor and satisfying execution. * RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 in e, Op. 27; LIADOV: The Enchanted Lake – Bergen PO/ Andrew Litton – BIS multichannel SACD 2071, 70:54 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: I’ve always thought Rachmaninov the true Russian composer; something about his melodies and rich textures bespeak an authenticity […]
LUTOSLAWSKI: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 2 – Krystian Zimmerman, piano – Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle – DGG
A brilliant modern piano concerto from a Polish master.
BORODIN: Symphony No. 2 in b; Symphony No. 3 in a; Prince Igor Overture – L’Orch. de la Suisse Romande/ Ernest Ansermet – ORG 45 rpm vinyl (2)
A terrific symphony and performance in the best vinyl two-channel sonics.
JACK GALLAGHER: Symphony No. 2, “Ascendant”; Quiet Reflections – London Sym. Orch./ Jo Ann Falletta – Naxos
Jack Gallagher’s series continues with this monumental and splendid Second Symphony.
Vibrant Wagner and Sibelius from the new conductor of the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons.
SCHUMANN: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. II = Symphony No. 2 in C Major; Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major “Rhenish” – WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne/ Heinz Holliger – Audite
Tasteful and enthusiastic, these readings of Schumann by Heinz Holliger capture an esprit entirely appropriate to the occasion.
JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 – Philharmonia Orch./ Paul Kletzki (1955) – EMI/Warner Classics/ Resonance/ Hi-Q Records xrcd24
Magnificent performance and sonics, but is it worth $50?
Lucerne Festival – Claudio Abbado = SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll – Vienna Philharmonic Orch. (Schubert)/ Ch. Orch. of Europe/ Claudio Abbado – Audite
Newly-released Abbado performances from Lucerne provide pedestrian Schubert but exhilarated readings of Beethoven and Wagner.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in c minor “Resurrection” – Vienna Philharmonic/ Zubin Mehta/ Ilena Cotrubas, sop./ Christa Ludwig, contralto – Decca audio-only Blu-ray
Another spectacular Mahler Second, this time in hi-res stereo on Blu-ray.
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major, “Lobgesang” – soloists/Bavarian Radio Orch./Pablo Heras-Casado – Harmonia mundi
Mendelssohn’s exalted hymn to Gutenberg and the German Reformation receives an illuminated reading from Heras-Casado.
“KURT ATTERBERG Orchestral Works, Vol. 2” = ATTERBERG: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 8 – Gothenburg Sym. Orch./ Neeme Jarvi – Chandos
Excellent performances of symphonies by this important Swede.
BEETHOVEN: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II; Symphony No. 2 – Soloists/Chorus/ San Francisco Sym./ Michael Tilson Thomas – SFS Media
The latest in the San Francisco Symphony/MTT Beethoven SACD series.
A good but not exceptional recording and performance of this now obscure Swiss composer.
************** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ************
A superbly crafted recording that hits on every level.