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Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:39:35 AM »
The Blind Comparisons are back!

Will be run in pretty much the same way and we'll hopefully start in the first week of the new year.

Please do just post here to sign up if you would like to take part!

The first will be comparing the exposition of the first movement. If you have any rare recordings you want involved, please do feel free to message me too. And please feel free to use the thread to discuss the work as well, is it his most uplifting symphony, or is Brahms to be believed when he said it was the most melancholic piece he ever wrote?
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013, 09:47:27 AM »
First!  8)


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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 12:18:35 PM »
OOoh! I am very excited for this one.  :)

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 01:25:39 PM »
I'm in.

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Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2013, 02:45:15 PM »
I am an absolute newbie to Brahms, nevertheless I would love to participate.

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2013, 03:12:08 PM »
I'd love to participate, Daniel.  It currently is, and has been for the last few years or more, my favourite of Brahms' 4 symphonies.  :)
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2013, 03:15:24 PM »
OOoh! I am very excited for this one.  :)

Brian, I still remember that podcast concert you provided a link for us to hear, this was probably about 4 or 5 years ago, that featured Brahms' 2nd symphony.  Do you remember?

I believe the concert program was:


Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe suite
Beethoven - one of his overtures (was either Leonore Overture II or III, or it was perhaps the Egmont Overture?)
Brahms 2nd symphony

Does this sound familiar?
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2013, 03:36:30 PM »
Yes please. I don't know the piece, but would like to, and not knowing the piece was no barrier one of the other times I participated.
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2013, 04:08:02 PM »
I'd love to participate, Daniel.  It currently is, and has been for the last few years or more, my favourite of Brahms' 4 symphonies.  :)

Specific reason for me to participate is:  Although I am and have been a HUGE, HUGE fan of Brahms' music for years, I still struggle a little for a greater appreciation of his 4 symphonies.  I'm hoping that something like this might be useful, for me, in gaining a greater love and appreciation for his symphonies.

I'd participate in all 4 if ever that ends up happening.  :)
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2013, 04:44:27 PM »
Oh no! I don't have time! I am totally swamped! I can't possibly fit it in! You know I'm there! :)
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2013, 01:25:02 AM »
so very in

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2013, 05:33:12 AM »
Great to have you all in! Am very excited about this comparison!

I'd love to participate, Daniel.  It currently is, and has been for the last few years or more, my favourite of Brahms' 4 symphonies.  :)

Same, Ray! The 2nd was the last of the 4 that I got to know but instantly became my favourite! 3 comes close.. but 2 is just so uplifting! (or is it?..  :P ) I seriously am intrigued by Brahms' comment on this piece, I wonder if some of the conductors will bring out alternatives to joy within this piece..
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2013, 08:36:23 AM »
 :laugh: +1  8)

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2013, 06:15:33 AM »
I'm totally new here (just enrolled). Happy to join! Would there be any instructions for a newbie?

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2013, 07:38:06 AM »
I'm totally new here (just enrolled). Happy to join! Would there be any instructions for a newbie?

Welcome aboard to GMG, Pim!  :)  I hope you enjoy and post about the music you love and listen to!  :)
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2013, 07:51:14 AM »
I'm totally new here (just enrolled). Happy to join! Would there be any instructions for a newbie?
Welcome! Usually, people are split into groups and each group ranks their 'contestants' (although you can listen to multiple groups if you want to and have the time). You can use whatever criteria you feel appropriate (unless the original poster gives guidance, which is rare) and write as much or as little as you want. It is usually fairly flexible. 

You can see what people have done in past blind listenings. Examples:
Debussy's La Mer
Mahler Symphony No. 6
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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2013, 09:59:38 AM »
I would love to participate in this.

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2013, 10:04:00 AM »
I'm in. The Brahms symphonies haven't clicked with me yet. Maybe this will help.

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2013, 12:43:22 PM »
I am interested.  This will be my first blind comparison!  It also happens to be the Brahms symphony with which I'm least familiar--I've mainly been listening to nos. 1 and 4 (and have been trying to familiarize myself with no. 3 in preparation for a Montreal Symphony performance later this spring). 

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Re: Blind Comparison: Brahms 2
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2013, 02:59:21 AM »
I'm in. :) I'll send in a list of recordings I have available.

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