Brahms and Szymanowski: First Symphonies

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London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, with violinist Janine Jansen. Szymanowski's Symphony No 1; Concerto No 1; and Brahms Symphony No 1.

(Szymanowski's First Symphony is drenched in the evocative Romanticism of the German orchestral masters, Wagner and Strauss, before him. Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1 draws inspiration from the Polish poem 'Noc Majowa' ('Night Gathering'): 'fireflies kiss the wild rose – while death flickers over the pond and plays a wanton song'. 20 years in the making, Brahms' First Symphony was one of the most eagerly awaited in musical history.)


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