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Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Hungarian Dances ()

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composed by Johannes Brahms

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Hungarian Dances - London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marin Alsop (conductor)
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  1. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
  2. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor
  3. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 3 in F major
  4. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 10 F major
  5. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 17 in F sharp minor
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  1. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
  2. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor
  3. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 3 in F major
  4. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 10 F major
  5. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 17 in F sharp minor
  6. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 18 in D major
  7. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 19 in B minor
  8. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 20 in E minor
  9. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 21 in E minor
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While an improvement over her earlier recording of Brahms' First Symphony, American conductor Marin Alsop's new recording of Brahms' Second is still nothing to write home about. As before, the London Philharmonic plays superlatively, with strong strings, blended winds, and warm brass and, as before, Alsop conducts superbly, with a cogent ensemble, a full sound, and muscular rhythms. The problem, as before, is that Alsop's interpretations, while well-phrased and admirably shaped, are ultimately shallow. For all the clarity ...

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