November 2019 CD Reviews

December 2019 CD Reviews
Edward Gardner conducts Johannes Brahms's First and Third Symphonies – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra [Chandos]
November, 2019 (Antony Hodgson) |  A particular strength of Edward Gardner’s readings is clarity of the sound. Brahms writes carefully harmonised wind sequences and Gardner makes them clear. Timpani strike through forcefully when required, and the weighty lower brass is admirably defined. These factors make the slow introductions to the outer movements of the First Symphony especially dramatic, but elsewhere the more forceful moments are not strongly stressed – the emphasis is on the classical rather than the romantic nature of the music. … 

 

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