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Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.73 - Tragic Overture, Op.81

Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hans Vonk

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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73  
1
I. Allegro non troppo
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
20:54
2
II. Adagio non troppo. L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
9:03
3
III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino) - Presto ma non assai
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
5:08
4
IV. Allegro con spirito
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
10:04
5
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
13:36
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:45
"Vonk’s reading (of the 2nd Symphony) is lean and almost classical in feel ... well-played by the orchestra ... sound quality is excellent ..."
- MusicWeb International

Recorded in June 2003, a year before his death, this album marks one of the last sessions from Dutch conductor Hans Vonk with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. The glorious and cheerful Symphony No. 2 is appropriately paired with the Tragic Overture on this Brahms programme that has received lavish praise for both the performances and sonic qualities.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recorded : Hilversum, MCO – Studio 1, The Netherlands, June 2003
Recording producer : Job Maarse
Balance engineer : Erdo Groot
Recording engineers : Daniël van Aalst, Roger de Schot
Editing: Henrik Manook, Matthijs Ruyter, Erdo Groot

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann km 130, Schoeps MK 21, DPA 4006 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
Microphone preamps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul

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