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Brahms: Violin Concerto, Symphony No 3 / Milstein, Et Al

Release Date: 02/21/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67021   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nathan Milstein
Conductor:  Anatole FistoulariErich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maligned upon its introduction as a "concerto against the violin" because of its difficulty and its absence of easy showmanship, the Brahms Violin Concerto went on establish a firm place in the repertory. Even today it retains somewhat of a forbidding reputation--an imposing peak in the literature of violin best left to the experienced artist. Rather counter to today's performance practice, Nathan Milstein's tempo is quite fast. Fistoulari and the Philharmonia provide the necessary dramatic backdrop for this fire-eating performance that challenges Heifetz's own for electricity.
The Brahms Third Symphony is distinguished by its poignant third movement, a flowing poco allegretto that harkens to his introspective solo piano music. But
Read more if Romanticism was at the core of Brahms' soul, then Classicism was its super-ego, reigning in the impulse to explore his melancholy further. The symphony concludes in a rigorous, heroic summation of the preceding themes.
Leinsdorf provides a well-balanced reading of the symphony, but the laurels go to the inspired performance of Milstein. The vintage 1960 recording quality is good, even by FDS ("Full Dimensional Sound") standards. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1960 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 36 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1958 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 34 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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