Jansons conducts Brahms.

Mariss Jansons conducts Brahms and Janacek

  • Live Recording from The KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne, 2012

This DVD brings us two works that really are vastly different. Johannes Brahms wrote his second symphony in 1877, while he spent time on one of Austria’s amazing lakes. This work is a great favorite of mine, and Brahms paints the Austrian countryside with all the power and sensitivity expressed by the orchestral instruments.

Almost 50 years later, in 1926, Czech composer Leoš Janáček wrote his Mass in a language last spoken about a thousand years ago. With the ‘Glagolitic Mass’ he wanted to emphasize the common bonds between Europe’s Slavic nations by writing the text in Old Church Slavonic, which used an alphabet called “Glagolitic”.

Here are the specifics:


  • Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


  • Glagolitic Mass

Performed by Tatiana Monogarova (soprano), Marina Prudenskaja (mezzo-soprano), Ludovit Ludha (tenor) and Peter Mikuláš (bass), accompanied by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons conducting

In this performance, filmed at the Lucerne Easter Festival 2012, the Bavarian Radio Chorus complemented the instrumental ensemble of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons.

Here is a video of the Brahms Symphony No.2, 1st Movement, as performed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons:




And next, I have for you the end of this amazing music: Brahms’ Symphony No.2, 4th Movement, as played by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons:




Finally, here is the beginning of the “Glagolitic Mass” for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, double chorus, organ and orchestra by Leos Janacek:



Tags: Janacek, Brahms, Symphony #2, Glagolitic Mass, Mariss Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra