This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Bruno Walter. Sony Classical SMK 64470 [Symphony No. 1, with Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Academic Festival Overture]; 64471 [Nos. 2 and 3]; and 64472 [No. 4, with Tragic Overture and Schicksalslied] - These performances are also included on Sony's 39 CD set, Bruno Walter - The Edition, Sony 548952.
The Columbia Symphony may not have been a first-class orchestra, but Bruno Walter trained to do the right things, and it responded with first-class accounts of these symphonies. While there are instances of less-than-crack ensemble, there is also some very fine first-desk playing, and the performances as a whole are marked by a natural feeling of movement, phrasing, and expression. Walter’s
approach to the music is kindly, caring, wonderfully whole – sunny but not overly brilliant, warm but not overly heated, sincere but not overly impassioned. Anyone who thinks that means the conductor was slow, shapeless, or indulgent should listen. There is thrust here, and plenty of momentum. The recordings are closely miked and somewhat bass-heavy, but in Sony’s 20-bit remastering the sound is wonderfully alive and direct. – Ted Libbey, author of
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Works on This Recording
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1855-1876; Austria
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