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Symphony No. 1


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One fantastic CD April 16 2009
By Osvaldo Colarusso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD pleased me very much.First of all the Monteverdi choir is, today, one of the most impressive vocal ensembles . The Mendelssohn, in this CD , for a Capella choir , sounds magnificent. And the version of the superb Song of Destiny is one of the best I heard. The first three tracks are the sufficient reason to buy this record , but after we can hear one of the most beautiful versions available of the first Symphony of Brahms. The orchestra play so well, and the transparency, all the time ,make you hear things that simply don't appear in others versions.I am very happy to hear this CD, and I'm anxious to listen the others Symphonies. After the wonderful work with the Cantatas of Bach, the Monteverdi Choir and Gardiner, with this superb orchestra,shows once more the serious intentions of this new label.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Strange April 2 2012
By J. Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It must be said that this is a committed performance, often inspired, and features excellent sound. But I have to question the insistence on using period string technique in Brahms...it just doesn't sound right. Using very little vibrato and little or no portamento is just plain weird for Brahms in my opinion. This becomes especially evident in the second movement, which begs for some feeling, and Gardiner just does not deliver. In sum, I didn't like it. If you must have a more period informed Brahms set, go for the Mackerras/Scottish Chamber set which contains many of the best qualities of this recording but also more flexibility in phrasing, and more romantic feeling.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Brahms Aug. 28 2013
By loose filter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gardiner's readings are not for everyone, but I just love his Brahms symphony cycle more than any I've ever heard, live or recorded. The outstanding ORR plays with extraordinary fire and polish as usual, and make this repertoire sound so fresh and vital.

What is specifically excellent about Gardiner's work here, for me, are two things: his ability to always clearly highlight Brahms' development of material without pedantically overbalancing such elements in the overall texture, and his extremely deft and organic management of transitions. Those two things make the music make real sense while maintaining a stellar sense of pacing and affect.

Definitely a must-own for any fan of Brahms' symphonies.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Never ceases to amaze March 30 2013
By Marco's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir never ever cease to amaze by their high level of professionalism and excellence. Keep it up!
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the End Feb. 13 2015
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At midnight, a light was switched on in the control room of the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station, some twenty kilometres outside of Canberra.

"Your Grace," said Cato, the trusty man-servant of Father Melchizedek OP, the High Priest of Period Practice and Grand Inquisitor of SPECTRE (Sinister Period Practice Enacted to Counter Traditional Readings Everlastingly), "I thought we were coming to Australia to see some of the sites like Sydney Harbour or the Great Barrier Reef? Or, in the very least, to hunt down and burn those Luddites of the Australian Knappertsbusch Association. Instead, you've dragged me all the way out here and in the middle of the night too. Oh Terror and Doom of the Karajanists, illuminate me in my darkness and I shall be healed!"

At first no answer was forthcoming. The cleric was sitting at the main control and busily pushing many a button. Every so often he whinnied in falsetto. Five minutes later, he unveiled a copy of Jeggy's Brahms First Symphony with the Orchestra de Revolutionaire et Romantique, inserted it into a CD-ROM drive and then turned to his man-servant with a look of triumph on his pale face.

"Know this Cato - you speak more truly than what you realise. While the pretence of our trip to the Penal Colonies was heresy and the extermination thereof, I had an ulterior purpose in mind. We have swept all before us. Nowadays, what conductor is not enthralled to the Cause, be it Rattle in Haydn or Nezet-Sequin in Mozart or Fischer in Bruckner? Victory in hand, it's time to convert the cosmos! I am accordingly beaming this august performance in the direction of the Andromeda Galaxy, some 2.5 million light years from Earth. May it bring purity and salvation to its indigenes, be they humanoid, blob-like or something in between!"

"Your Grace, is that wise?" Cato said warily. "I know the very performance in question. Some - not me of course - would question the scrawniness of its strings, repudiation of grandeur and Jeggy's unreflective manner wherein substance is invariably sacrificed to the God of Brisk Efficiency. Has there been a more underwhelming account of the titanic finale in history? Whatever happened to the innate heroism of the score? When played like this, the B1 could almost pass for one of those boring Schubert symphonies (the early ones!) Nor do the tit-bits matter in the least. Truly, the world has contracted thus!"

The cleric glowered at his man-servant.

"Cato, sometimes I wonder whether you could benefit from a session or two with the Iron Maiden! I am not interested in your thoughts! Leave the study of heresy to me while you focus on my . . . . 'hard-to-meet' needs! Now, we shall retire for the night. Tomorrow, we will visit the Sydney Opera House. Who knows - it could be staging a production of Hasse's Artaserse at the expense of confectionery such as Parsifal or Elektra!"

Some 2.5 million years later, the transmission reached the spiral arms of Andromeda. It was duly recorded by the scientists at the court of the Galactic Emperor Klendon Na-Fang Goldu, terror of the universe. Its source was promptly identified. Legions were assembled. Before embarking for earth, he addressed the soldiery in their common tongue.

"Relax boys - this is easy meat!"


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