BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (live, Jan. 27,
1952).Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a (live Jan. 27,
1952). Hungarian Dances No. 1 (live March 29-30, 1949), Hungarian
Nos. 2 & 10. (April 4, 1949).
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 (live May 7, 1952). Double
Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 (Jan. 27, 1952).
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90. (live April 27, 1954).
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (Oct. 7, 1949).
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 95 (Dec. 12-15, 1953).
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a (Dec. 12-16, 1943).
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op. 83 (Nov. 8, 1942).
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (March 3, 1942).
What can one say about these magnificent reissues? These combine live performances (Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 3,Double Concerto, Haydn Variations, ) with studio recordings. The interpretations are legendary and have appeared often on CD, but now we hear them in Andrew Rose's meticulous remastering which has corrected numerous problems of the originals including flutter, pitch correction, and adjusting balances to provide a remarkably clear, vivid aural experience. The disks of concerted works are particularly memorable, collaborations between musical giants—music making of the highest order. Don't miss these performances, now to be heard in the highest quality restoration.
All of these are available from PRISTINE AUDIO.
R.E.B. (July 2012)