Notes and Editorial Reviews
Both Solti's and Bernstein's versions of this symphony come from their complete recordings of the whole cycle of four. Robert Layton put his finger on the weakness of Bernstein on DG when he said that the interpretations were so extremely variable; and he singled out Symphony No. 3 as being the least acceptable. "The Third" he wrote "is not recommendable at all on account of its laboured tempos." I entirely agree and find only the second movement tolerable, all the rest lacking that full-blooded zest which Brahms so often wants.
Solti, on the other hand, shows exactly the qualities needed, from the full-blooded (an adjective that persists in one's mind when thinking of the outer movements of this symphony)
zest of the opening to the brilliant brass of the finale. Since he has the Chicago orchestra responding exactly to his own conception, there is no doubt about my choice, especially since he also captures the simple song-like character of the Andante (this is the only movement where his and Bernstein's timings exactly correspond) and the lilt of the next.
-- Gramophone [10/1985]
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Sir Georg Solti
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1883; Austria
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