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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Bamberg Symphony Returns To Bedrock Repertoire

By Norman Lebrecht on July 12, 2019

Brahms: 3rd Symphony; Dvořák: 8th 

(Tudor)

★★★★☆
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The Bamberg Symphony was formed in 1946 by ethnic Germans expelled by the Czechs in retribution for the Nazi occupation. Based in Bavaria, it acquired a sound that was markedly different from the nearby Munich orchestras, let alone others in the state.

Joseph Keilberth conducted the group with distinction for 20 years followed by Horst Stein. Since the turn of the century, the sound lost something of its edge under the British conductor Jonathan Nott.

Now, in bedrock repertoire, it is reassuring to find that the Czech conductor Jakob Hrusa has restored something of the original sonority, allowing the brass to go slightly sour without going out of tune and the strings to sound a little more laidback.

The Brahms, gloriously bucolic though it is, feels like it could have done with an extra half-hour out in the summer sun. Hrusa will have more to say about it in years to come. The Dvořák, however, is among the most exhilarating on record, fizzing with energy, surprises and life’s pleasures. The recordings come live from Bamber’s Konzerthalle, which is superior in every imaginable respect from anything that Munich can offer. This is a fine band, returning to its best.

To read more from Norman Lebrecht, follow him on Slippedisc.com.

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Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and cultural politics. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Standpoint, Sinfini and other publications. His blog, Slipped Disc, is among the most widely read cultural sites online, breaking exclusive stories and campaigning against human abuse and acts of injustice in the cultural industries.

Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and cultural politics. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Standpoint, Sinfini and other publications. His blog, Slipped Disc, is among the most widely read cultural sites online, breaking exclusive stories and campaigning against human abuse and acts of injustice in the cultural industries.
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SCRUTINY | NYO Canada Raises The Roof At Koerner Hall

By Holly Harris on July 31, 2019

To paraphrase a pithy bon mot popularly attributed to Walt Kelly, “We have seen the future of Canadian classical music, and it is the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.”
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Rare Hindemith Highlights Ingmar Bergman's Partner, Käbi Laretei

By Norman Lebrecht on August 9, 2019

Estonian pianist Käbi Laretei account of Hindemith's Ludus tonalis is her major legacy. Why she is not better known, we cannot figure.
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By Ludwig Van on August 1, 2019

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