&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Naxos 8.557429
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 Ms. Alsop is on a roll these days, with accolades for her work at the head of the Bournemouth Symphony and acclaim for the first release in a recorded cycle of Brahms symphonies with the London Philharmonic. A highlight by any standard was the Brahms Second, a treat in Ms. Alsop’s assured reading, and a teaser for the release of her next recording.

Anne Midgette, The New York Times (USA)

1st March 2005

This is a late-Summer idyll of a performance, easily placed, nicely judged and warmly played.


January 2006

Marin Alsop’s Brahms is big, meaty, robust. . . . Alsop, who got much attention from her recent appointment to lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, here guides the players in solid performances of Brahms’ dense, late-Romantic orchestrations. . . . this is an excellent choice for a budding classical record library, thanks to Naxos’s bargain prices.


November 2005