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45. Brahms: 2nd Symphony


[…] I haven’t killed all the spiders in this place but I’ve gotten most of them.
there are two I can’t get.
they sit inside the plastic shield on my radio, solid-state FM-AM.
they sit inside where the red dot selects the station.
I only listen to FM on two Los Angeles stations, KUSC and KFAC, in that order.
they are both classical music stations.
those are newly cultured spiders.
they heard Beethoven’s 9th last night 
and now they are listening to Brahms’ 2nd.
what they are feeding on I am not sure, but they seem satisfied.
only their legs move now and then.
that radio is educating them.
they are now starting to look like some critics I know.
by this, please understand that I mean no offence to the spiders.

Excerpt from Panasonic by Charles Bukowski


Bukowski is off killing spiders again, so wether he enjoyed nature remains to be seen. But Brahms most certainly did. After the long awaited tough and stormy First, Brahms wrote his peaceful 2nd Symphony during a summer holiday in 1877. There’s again a strong resemblance with Beethoven, in this case his 6th Symphony. Both pieces are subtitled “Pastoral”, a tribute to nature.

Recommended recording:
Bruno Walter & Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Walter’s recording stands out for the way he slowly builds the calm opening movement towards a picture perfect finale.

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