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Symphony 1

By: J. Brahms

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1   Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro Buy    
2   Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto Buy Buy  
3   Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso Buy Buy  
4   Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio Buy    
5   Tragic Overture, Op. 81: Allegro non troppo Buy    
6   Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80: Allegro - L'istesso tempo, un poco maestoso - Animato - Maestoso Buy    

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Naxos is obviously excited about this recording, publicizing it widely and issuing it in three different formats (this plain CD, as well as SACD and DVD Audio). You can understand the excitement immediately, as the Symphony opens with tremendous power, fortified by uncommon energy in the kettledrums, signifying that there''s going to be no routine playing here. But Alsop is not all aggression; her Andante sostenuto is very tender and affecting. Detail work is just wonderful--listen, for example, to the gorgeous flute solo in the fourth movement introduction--and Brahms''s syncopations, always a major aspect of his style, get their full due in this rhythmically alert performance. Both Overtures are vividly characterized, and the Academic Festival retains its humor more than usual. At this point there are so many Brahms recordings that no single one is going to satisfy all of our needs, but this recording is competitive with the best in artistic and sonic aspects. In price, it mops the floor with the competition. --Leslie Gerber

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