|Format||Super Audio CD|
|Ordering Number||OC 675|
Symphony No. 1 in C-minor op.68
Simone Young, conductor
Hans von Bülow made the witty remark that Johannes
Brahms’ First Symphony, which was born only after
the greatest trials, doubts and qualms, is actually
“Beethoven’s Tenth”. But despite all the work’s apparent
references to Beethoven’s symphonic creations,
this is of course a misunderstanding. Brahms himself
said that if one were to write a Symphony based on
Beethoven, it would have to be “much different”.
What this “difference” would consist of was discussed
much later by Schoenberg, and only after the
passage of time was Brahms recognized as a pioneer
of modern music, i.e. due to such compositional
practices as the development of all processes from one
common germ cell, variations at all musical levels,
cross- and back-references, and last but not least, a
certain scorn for the notion of “divine inspiration”.
Instead, he focused on making the material his own
through a nearly academic process of examining the
methods available for use.
This recording documents an encounter between
tradition and modernity. The venerable Laeiszhalle
in Hamburg is the scene for a Brahms recording in
audiophile, high-resolution SACD technology with
the historic Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which
has made such a furor in recent years with its recordings
of the original versions of the Bruckner Symphonies.
Under GMD Simone Young, the orchestra
succeeds in developing new, current and exciting
views of traditional repertoire.