Symphony No. 2

Romantic symphony from 1877

Johannes Brahms
Composer

Description

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73, was composed by Johannes Brahms in the summer of 1877, during a visit to Pörtschach am Wörthersee, a town in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Its composition was brief in comparison with the fifteen years it took Brahms to complete his First Symphony.

The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings.

The cheery and almost pastoral mood of the symphony often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but, perhaps mischievously, Brahms wrote to his publisher on November 22, 1877, that the symphony "is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning."

The premiere was given in Vienna on December 30, 1877 by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Hans Richter; Walter Frisch notes that it had originally been scheduled for December 9, but "in one of those little ironies of music history, it had to be postponed [because] the players were so preoccupied with learning Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner." A typical performance lasts between 40 and 50 minutes.

Year 1877
Opening Night 1877
Time Period Romantic
Opus Op. 73
Key D Major
Instrumentation Symphony orchestra

Scores

Symphony No. 2
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH 2015
Brahms, et al.
Symphony No. 2
Breitkopf and Härtel 1877
Brahms, et al.

Videos

Symphony No. 2, D Major, Op. 73
In 2014, Strauss's birth 150 years ago is being commemorated. Strauss was a champion of ...
Symphony No. 2
Claudio Abbado himself chose Brahms' Alto Rhapsody as the center of the opening concert 2014, ...
Brahms: 2. Sinfonie ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Andrés Orozco-Estrada
I. Allegro non troppo ∙ II. Adagio non troppo ∙ III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino) ...
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig)
From the Church of St. Nicolai, Leipzig, Germany 20 Years Peaceful Revolution - Leipzig commemorates ...
Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (Zubin Mehta & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)
At the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, 1997 On occasion of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 60th ...
Johannes Brahms: Sinfonie Nr. 2 | NDR
"Etwas sehr Schönes", hatte er für seine Rückkehr zum NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester versprochen, etwas sehr ...
BRAHMS Symphony No.2 | O.T.La Scala, R.Muti | video 1988 ®
Johannes BRAHMS: Symphony No.2, in D major Op.73 1:20 / I. Allegro non troppo 21:38 ...
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Albums

Carl Schurict Collection II (CD 10)
Hänssler Classic
Brahms: Le 4 Sinfonie
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op. 73
Azzurra Music
Brahms: Symphony N. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Azzurra Music
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4
Arts Productions Ltd.
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & 3
Classical.com Music
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4
Archipel Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd
Brahms Symphony No. 2
Soli Deo Gloria - Monteverdi Productions Ltd.
Mahler: Symphony No. 9; Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Living Stage / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Symphony No. 2; Schicksalslied
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Brahms: Sinfonia N. 2; Mozart: Sinfonia N. 25
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, etc
Warner Music
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 & Overtures
Warner Music
Brahms: Nos. Symphonies 2 - 4
Warner Music
Brahms: Symphony No.2, Op. 73/ Tragic Overture
Classical.com Music
4 Symphonien
Deutsche Grammophon
Summer Moods
Hänssler Classic
Brahms: Symphonies 1-4
Warner Music
Brahms : Symphonies No.1 & 2, Overtures
Warner Music
Brahms: Complete Symphonies
Warner Music
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Hänssler Classic
Complete Symphonies
Chandos