Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Haydn Variations
Pierre Monteux
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4808913
Barcode
00028948089130
Format
1-CD
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Wiener Philharmoniker
Pierre Monteux

Variations on a theme by Haydn
London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux

Recording information

Recording Producers: John Culshaw (Symphony); James Walker (Variations)
Recording Engineers: James Brown (Symphony); Cyril Windebank (Variations)
Recording Locations: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 13 & 15 April 1959 (Symphony); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 8–9 December 1958 (Variations)

Reviews

‘Monteux gives a fresh, relaxed account of the Second with the Vienna Philharmonic and the spaciousness of his reading is enhanced by the fact that he observes the first movement exposition repeat … Recommended.’ Gramophone

‘his is a fine reading [of the Second Symphony], the first movement unfolding naturally (with exposition repeat, as Monteux always taught his students), the second never bogging down like Walter or Karajan’ Fanfare

‘Monteux’s account of the [Haydn Variations] is hugely enjoyable and the natural, unforced yet splendidly disciplined orchestral playing makes this record highly desirable’ Gramophone