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Bruno Walter Edition - Brahms: Symphonies No 2 & 3


Release Date: 10/31/1995 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 64471   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 the Brahms 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 Read more bass-heavy, but in Sony’s 20-bit remastering the sound is wonderfully alive and direct. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino) - Presto ma non assai
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Poco Allegretto
IV. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fifty years with this Bruno Walter interpretation September 19, 2014 By Alan Beadle (Bowie, MD) See All My Reviews "That's how long I've had a recording of this Brahms work. The first was on an LP from the late fifties or very early sixties. Now I have your CD of the same work. It takes me back all these years to relive the better part of a lifetime with all its memories. The Walters interpretation of this symphony is my favorite, and I'm so glad to have it in my collection." Report Abuse
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