[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD ]
Release Date: Friday 11 October 2019
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The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under its Chief Conductor, Edward Gardner, embarks on a new Brahms cycle with this first instalment, containing the first and third symphonies. Recorded in Surround Sound in Bergen's Grieghallen - the orchestra's home - in October 2018, these two symphonies show the orchestra at the very top of its game, offering rich, strong, and supple string playing matched by outstanding ensemble work across the orchestra.
Edward Gardner approaches Brahms from his knowledge and experience of the chamber music, and aware of Brahms's ties to Schumann. Inspired by the joy and excitement surrounding live performances of the symphonies with the Bergen Philharmonic, he states that 'the combination of the personality of the orchestra, the Chandos Sound, and [Brahms's] great music produces something special'.
Symphony No.1, Op.68 (1862-76) *
Symphony No.3, Op.90 (1993) †
Melina Mandozzi * • David Stewart † leaders