BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Brahms's Second Symphony was composed in the summer of 1877, during a visit to Pörtschach am Wörthersee, a town in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Its composition was brief in comparison with the 21 years it took Brahms to complete his First Symphony! The cheery, almost pastoral mood of the symphony often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but, perhaps mischievously, Brahms wrote to his publisher on November 22, 1877, that the symphony "is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning." The premiere was given in Vienna on 30 December 1877 by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Hans Richter.
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
3. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino)
4. Allegro con spirito
Gürzenich Symphonie-Orchester Köln
Conductor: Günter Wand
The sleeve is GOOD; consistent with age.
Record graded visually to RRPG grade VERY GOOD.
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