Sir John Elliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in performances of Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major D.485 and Brahms’s Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16 – recorded live in concert at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
In Serenade No.2 a 20-year-old Brahms chooses to omit violins, creating an unusually dark sound, while the lively style of Schubert’s Symphony No.5 seems to reflect the composer’s youthful exuberance.