Monday, February 21, 2011

#52 The Smell of Shaggy Garden

You're walking in a garden, it's late afternoon, the shadows are long. The garden is deprived, sometimes it's hard to find a path to walk on. Yet you can manage to go on, and in a while you're not really sure: am I really walking here or is it a dream? Weird trees are always in your way, you can see an alcove in a distance but you can never reach it.

Kempe's recording underlines the mystery of the garden, walking the line between real and unreal, balancing thirst and fear. The final chords are affirmative but not really telling what the truth is.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Work: Tragic Overture
Recording: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe

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