Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 3 - Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5236
Classical - Orchestral
Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 3
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under its Chief Conductor, Edward Gardner, embarks on a new Brahms cycle with this first instalment, containing the first and third symphonies. Recorded in Surround Sound in Bergen’s Grieghallen – the orchestra’s home – in October 2018, these two symphonies show the orchestra at the very top of its game, offering rich, strong, and supple string playing matched by outstanding ensemble work across the orchestra.
As he expounds in a fascinating 'Gramophone' Podcast (https://www.gramophone.co.uk/podcast/edward-gardner-on-mendelssohn-and-brahms) Gardner approaches Brahms from his knowledge and experience of the chamber music, and aware of Brahms’s ties to Schumann. Inspired by the joy and excitement surrounding live performances of the symphonies with the Bergen Philharmonic, he states that ‘the combination of the personality of the orchestra, the Chandos Sound, and [Brahms’s] great music produces something special’.
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Comment by Dissonance - September 12, 2019 (1 of 1)
Frankly quite odd decision by Chandos; we do not necessarily need another Brahms cycle...
I was also disappointed when Sakari Oramo’s recording of Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen and Belshazzar’s Feast with BBC Symphony Orchestra (CHAN20136) was recorded and released only in stereo. Despite of this the album received Gramophone Magazine’s July 2019 Editor’s Choice Award.