Michael Walsh
February 16, 1990 AT 12:00 PM EST

Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Alto Rhapsody

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Claudio Abbado, Marjana Lipovsek
Producers
Deutsche Grammophon
genre
Classical

We gave it an A

You’d better start getting used to the sound of it: Claudio Abbado and Berlin. Only the fifth permanent conductor in the century-plus history of the Berlin Philharmonic, Abbado stepped up after Herbert von Karajan stepped down in a snit last April (and, in July, dropped dead). Fear not, the world’s greatest orchestra is in good hands. Brahms may have been music’s Gloomy Gus, but the Second Symphony is its Sunny Jim, and Abbado and the boys (the BPO remains 99.9 percent male) give it a rip-roaring reading. Nice ”Alto Rhapsody,” too, although you should feel free to sleep through it if you want to. Everybody else does.

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