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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Symphony No. 2 & No. 3
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Johannes Brahms‘s overall development as a composer was dominated by the question of how to deal with Beethoven‘s symphonic legacy and whether it was still possible to compose symphonies at all after Beethoven. Brahms struggled with this question for many years, while others had long promoted their solutions everywhere. Franz Liszt, for example, announced in numerous articles and essays his view that the future of the symphony lay in the symphonic poem - a one-movement orchestral work with a literary background. Furthermore, Liszt declared the musical idea to be the measure of all things, but little importance was attached to its compositional transformation, particularly in the obsolete forms of the past - genius was more important than compositional craft. This line of thought did not suit Brahms at all.
Concentration is the best key to approaching the Brahms‘ compositions - it is the most compact and formally cohesive of the four Brahms symphonies. The four movements are clearly related to each other and closely connected motivically. Nevertheless, the work is anything but monotonous, and although all the movements end very subdued and softly, the symphony is not lacking in vigorous momentum or rhythmic energy. And here, as well, we find it again: Brahms‘s ability to create fascinating symphonic complexity from simple, appealing, folklike motifs - but, in the case of the Third Symphony, with a rather melancholy tone.

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Track List
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

1.
I
Allegro non troppo
18:59
2.
II
Adagio non troppo
8:07
3.
III
Allegretto grazioso
4:47
4.
IV
Allegro con spirito
9:37




Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

5.
I
Allegro con brio
12:28
6.
II
Andante
7:04
7.
III
Poco allegretto
5:26
8.
IV
Allegro
8:10


total time:
68:32

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