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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & Alto Rhapsody - The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

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“Gardiner quotes Walter Frisch's report that Brahms "disliked metronomic rigidity and lack of inflection on the one hand, fussy over- determined expressivity on the other". In the first movement, he and his period instrumentalists strike exactly that balance. This is characterful music-making, complex and subtle.”


Brahms:
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto)
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Schubert:
Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D714
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, second version, D583 (Schiller)
arr. Brahms 1871
An Schwager Kronos, D369
arr. Brahms 1871


The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Brahms’ dark, deeply personal and moving Alto Rhapsody for alto solo, male chorus and orchestra is included here alongside three choral works by Franz Schubert. In Schubert’s Gesang der Geister über den Wassern D714 (1821) comparisons between the two composers could not be more clear. Brahms draws on the effective example of his beloved Schubert firstly by composing the rhapsody for male chorus and secondly, basing the work upon a poem by Goethe.

The lyrical beauty of Brahms' Second symphony makes it perhaps the most popular of the four works he composed in this form. The contrast between this symphony and the heroic First is complete, and it is strikingly analogous to the differences between Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth symphonies.