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Brahms: Symphony No 1 / Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 01/20/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 414458   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Solti's account of Brahms's First Symphony has that same mingled dignity, energy, and splendour which marks out his best Elgar conducting. The recording, too, is ripe and capacious, the playing full-bodied but never heavy or overblown. The slow movement, taken at a pace resembling Furtwangler's (DG mono 2535 162, 5/76—nla), does not drag; it is generously songful. In the outer movements (where the first movement has its exposition repeat) rhythms are naturally resilient, the symphony's brooding mass marvellously energized. The finest recorded account of Brahms's First Symphony in recent years has probably been Sir Adrian Boult's (HMV ASD2871, 4/73—nla) which is currently (and, I trust, temporarily) absent from the catalogues as a single Read more issue (it is available only as part of a box set, SLS5009, 6/75). Loughran (Classics for Pleasure CFP40096, 3/75) and Kiemperer (HMV SXLP30217, 12/76) are gaunter, the former at budget, the latter at midprice. For natural splendour, though, Solti and his engineers have few rivals. His version offers energy and amplitude in abundant measure, finely poised.

-- Gramophone [8/1981] Reviewing original LP
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 

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