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  • Balm to my soul after an intermittently difficult week. So sue me, but when it comes to the symphonic repertory, I have a strong predilection for dead white male Europeans. And nobody does it better than Brahms.

    That final movement - there's such a strong, comforting feeling of coming home.

    (The rest of the concert - overture to "The Magic Flute", and an oboe concerto by Richard Strauss, was pretty comforting as well)

    August 1, 2009

  • I like dead white male European composers as much as the next guy - actually quite a bit more than him - but poor Brahms abides largely in my blind spot, especially his symphonies. I've never really considered why this is - perhaps I just haven't paid enough attention to him - but I've just put his 2nd on (LSO live with Haitink) and will report back.

    August 1, 2009

  • I think it helps humanize him to know that, as a youth, he played piano in a whorehouse. Kind of dispels that image of the old gentleman with the bushy beard.

    The second symphony is not as sublime as, say, the first and fourth symphonies, but it was a definite comfort last night. :-)

    August 2, 2009