Notes and Editorial Reviews
[I] must say that I much liked the warmth and generosity of feeling that Bruno Walter brings to it. Fournier is quite magnificent and the orchestra respond with playing of genuine eloquence and feeling. Francescatti, of course, is not a violinist to all tastes: JN spoke of his "wiry, extrovert performance", for which he did not really care, though he admired the performance in every other respect. To my mind his playing lacks real inner repose and his tone here tends to be chilly. However, generally speaking, this is a most satisfying reading and the orchestra produce glorious tone.
-- Gramophone [3/1974, reviewing the Brahms]
The qualities of this performance are the
compelling unity of Bruno Walter's conception and its sheer ardour. Readers who have Walter's recording of the Brahms Double Concerto will know what I mean about his personal direction; this is not a fine team of soloists well accompanied by an expert conductor, but a performance by a conductor who has rehearsed his soloists till they conform to his own view of the score; it is primarily the conductor's own conception. Since the conductor is Bruno Walter, the result is exciting and fine.
-- Gramophone [3/1960, reviewing the Beethoven]
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