Guy Weatherall

Brahms: Serenades

9:00, 21st April 2017

Gavle Symphony Orchestra, Jaime Martín
Ondine ODE12912

This release marks the start of a Brahms cycle from this fine orchestra and its relatively recent principal conductor, and these are vibrant, gutsy readings of the two ‘pre-symphonies’. The resonant recording emphasises that very gutsiness, sometimes at the expense of subtlety and freshness, but there is no denying the power of these readings. In fact that momentum suits the less well-known second serenade, which comes across as the more memorable.

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