A magnificent conclusion to the Brahms Cycle from Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
In times like these, when the musical experience itself apparently takes the back seat to the “science” of “historical correct performances”, it is indeed a blessing that there still exists interpreters like Jansons. Personal and heartfelt performances allow the audience to take part in the fantastic universe of Brahms’s symphonies
This disc also includes somewhat of a rarity; the Hamlet Overture from 1853 by Joseph Joachim. This piece was one of Brahms’s own personal favourites throughout his life, he even arranged it for two pianos at an early stage. The Hamlet Overture dates from the time when Joachim was detaching himself from the “New German” school of Liszt and entering a more classically-inspired period.