Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

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1 Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: I. Allegro non troppo 17:23 96/24 Album only
2 Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso 08:36 96/24 Album only
3 Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai - Tempo I 04:50 96/24 Album only
4 Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73: IV. Allegro con spirito 09:03 96/24 Album only
5 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Theme. Andante 01:50 96/24 Album only
6 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 1, Poco piu animato 01:10 96/24 Album only
7 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 2, Piu vivace 01:00 96/24 Album only
8 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 3, Con moto 01:46 96/24 Album only
9 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 4, Andante con moto 02:06 96/24 Album only
10 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 5, Vivace 00:54 96/24 Album only
11 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 6, Vivace 01:19 96/24 Album only
12 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 7, Grazioso 02:46 96/24 Album only
13 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Var. 8, Presto non troppo 00:56 96/24 Album only
14 Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a St. Anthony Variations: Finale. Andante 03:16 96/24 Album only
15 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (Orch. T. Dausgaard): No. 6 in D-Flat Major 03:24 96/24 Album only
16 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (Orch. T. Dausgaard): No. 7 in F Major (Performed in A Major) 01:42 96/24 Album only
17 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (Orch. T. Dausgaard): No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor 02:36 96/24 Album only
18 Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 09:27 96/24 Album only

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On a number of previous recordings, the 40-odd members of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard have shed a new light on the Romantic symphonic repertoire, with performances described as ‘tight’, ‘invigorating’, ‘transparent’ and ‘thrilling’. Complete cycles of the symphonies of Schumann and Schubert have appeared alongside individual discs with music by Dvorák, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky, as well as a recording of Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony, released in 2012. The disc was named Recommendation of the Month in the German magazine Fono Forum, while the reviewer in International Record Review described it as ‘an account to make one hope a complete traversal is in the offing’. Five years later that hope is nearing fulfilment, as the team’s recording of Symphony No. 2 is released. Composed during the summer of 1877, which Brahms spent at the idyllic Wörthersee, it is one of his sunniest works, often compared to Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony. It’s followed by the Haydn Variations, in which Brahms was able to combine one of his favourite musical forms – that of theme and variations – with his deep admiration for Joseph Haydn. (Fortunately, the discovery that the theme in question, known as the ‘St Antoni Chorale’, wasn’t by Haydn after all was made long after Brahms’s death.) The programme continues with other favourites in Brahms’s production, including his greatest commercial success in the form of three of the hugely popular set of Hungarian Dances for piano, here in orchestrations by Thomas Dausgaard. The album ends in similarly high spirits, with the Academic Festival Overture and its rousing and jubilant C major coda.