Brahms – Adagio from 2nd Symphony



A sumptuous quartet movement with plenty of interest in all the parts. I’ve played the second symphony many times and always been envious of the cello melody at the start of the slow movement. OK, so Brahms got it wrong. You and I know it should have been scored for violas. So here it is, problem solved! However, I have observed that much of Brahms’ actual chamber music for small ensembles sounds rather symphonic, with frequent octave doubling and multiple stopping, but this piece, indeed, works very sympathetically as a quartet movement.7.5 mins. M/A

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