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    Merl

    I managed to find this BRAHMS SYMPHONY set, by LEVINE/CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - and gave it a listen.

    BRAQHMS SYMPHONIES LEVIN CSO.jpg

    This is a very impressive recording with some wonderful and enjoyable passages.

    In the BRAHMS 3RD, I felt LEVINE pressed a bit hard at times - not dissimilar to the way that SOLTI used to (occasionally) press too hard (IMHO) in days gone by. Many people loved SOLTI's driven approach to many well-known orchestral works, but it was just not for me. That said, Solti also delivered some sublimely tender orchestral moments - some of which remain the finest in the recorded repertoire.

    I feel that LEVINE's approach on this BRAHMS 3RD is so very much in the hard-pressed SOLTI style - which may work for you and many others.

    I guess it depends how one has come to know these pieces. Early musical impressions of a work are so very stubborn.

    Was this the version that you were referring too? Or is there another?

    I'm also keen to see what you thought of my recommendation, as follows: -
    (Possibly a bit too gentle a hand for your tastes perhaps...?)

    BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 3 GARDINER ORR.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONDEK View Post
    Merl

    I managed to find this BRAHMS SYMPHONY set, by LEVINE/CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - and gave it a listen.

    BRAQHMS SYMPHONIES LEVIN CSO.jpg

    Was this the version that you were referring too? Or is there another?

    I'm also keen to see what you thought of my recommendation, as follows: -
    (Possibly a bit too gentle a hand for your tastes perhaps...?)

    BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 3 GARDINER ORR.jpg
    Yes, Sondek, that was the Levine Brahms cycle I was referring to and love. As for Gardiner's Brahms, I have them and like them (I love Gardiner's way with tempos - he often judges it just right) but I do prefer a bit more 'meat on the bones', driven Brahms (as you say it's different for others).

    Anyhoo, this week my favourite symphonies per number are:

    1. Schumann (Ticciati)
    2. Balakirev (Svetlanov)
    3. Beethoven (Weil)
    4. Brahms (Dudamel)
    5. Beethoven (Markevitch)
    6. Mahler (Tilson Thomas)
    7. Beethoven (Tilson Thomas)
    8. Bruckner (Thielemann)
    9. Schubert (Dausgaard)
    10. <none>

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    1st Choices...

    1. Symphonie Fantastique - Hector Berlioz (1830) / Herbert von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic (1975)
    Spotify:
    https://i.scdn.co/image/a4757706d801...74d26675849600
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibJWh9pC4nA

    2. Symphony No. 2 in D Major - Jean Sibelius (1902) / Leonard Bernstein - New York Philharmonic (1966)
    Spotify: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1OZXEExy9L.jpg
    Youtube: (1st Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tFpB7V_Wrk (2nd Mov)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXUatHwi8oA (3rd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwMDOSRxZno (4th Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55I3PStFVxc

    3. Symphony No. 3 in F Major - Johannes Brahms (1883) / Gunter Wand - Sinfonieorchester des NDR (1983)
    Spotify: https://static.raru.co.za/cover/2015...g?v=1446678000
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT-498wN57I

    4. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor - Johannes Brahms (1884) / Carlos Kleiber - Wiener Philarmoniker (1980)
    Spotify: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1oXj97T7LL.jpg
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keXPClVJGrc

    5. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor - Ludwig van Beethoven (1808) / John Eliot Gardiner - Orchestre Révolutionnaire Et Romantique (2016)
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxSkaepmGQ0

    6. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor "Pathetique" - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1893) / Evgeny Mravinsky - Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (1961)
    Spotify: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1jSLwItstL.jpg
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1fs19um8ZU

    7. Symphony No. 7 in A Major - Ludwig van Beethoven (1812) / Manfred Honeck - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2015)
    Spotify: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-M3xjpbXxep...600/FR-718_Cov

    8. Symphony No. 8 in B Minor "Unfinished" - Franz Schubert (1822) / Carlos Kleiber - Vienna Philharmonic (1978)
    Spotify: https://i.scdn.co/image/8dbc0b477571...cd7bda34d4a82c
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB5gEzLqTlg

    9. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor "Choral" - Ludwig van Beethoven (1824) / Herbert von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic (1963)
    Spotify: http://g-images.amazon.com/images/G/...2e3fb010.L.jpg Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfrAXZC7GKA

    10. Symphony No. 10 in E Minor - Dmitri Shostakovich (circa 1951-1953) / Vasily Petrenko - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (2009)
    Spotify: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/A3XJJX_qEQ4/maxresdefault.jpg
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3XJ...sn_sAQa-ueltx2

    2nd Choices...

    1. Symphony in D Minor - Cesar Franck (1888) / Pierre Monteux - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1961)
    Spotify: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....WL._SX355_.jpg
    Youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watchv=C4XeZ...uhqWgruQ_omUL8

    2. Symphony No. 2 in D Major - Johannes Brahms (1877) / Herbert von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic (1987)
    Spotify: http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG...er=allrovi.com
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX3RX3A3CbI

    3. Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major "Eroica" - Ludwig van Beethoven (1804) / Klaus Tennstedt - NDR Sinfonieorchester (1979)
    Spotify: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....FL._SY300_.jpg
    Youtube: (1st Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU1eHuKTF8c (2nd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR6wJVR1CCA (3rd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shgZoRb_XYI (4th Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTO-DRSv7yg

    4. Symphony No. 4 - Charles Ives (1924) / Michael Tilson Thomas - Chicago Symphony & Chorus (1989)
    Spotify: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...1L._SY355_.jpg
    Youtube: (1st Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbRaNkj9iZo (2nd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwwKSRpGwKg (3rd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqLR38VLe38 (4th Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MLlJLiVexk

    5. Symphony No. 5 - Gustav Mahler (1902) / Rudolf Barshai - Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (1999)
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo6wBkiYRPg

    6. Symphony No. 6 in A minor "Tragic" - Gustav Mahler (1904; 1906) / Leonard Bernstein - Vienna Philharmonic (1988)
    Spotify: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1w35wTptZL.jpg
    Youtube: (1st Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MJOym83OzM (2nd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYyoDOkYjPc (3rd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47JWizHVF0M (4th Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kGMTrDptmI

    7. Symphony No. 7 in C Major "Leningrad" - Dmitri Shostakovich (1940) / Leonard Bernstein - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1988)
    Spotify: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....zL._SX355_.jpg
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRHZu5xoIe0

    8. Symphony No. 8 - Alfred Schnittke (1994) / Gennady Rozhdestvensky - Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (1994)
    Spotify: http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG...er=allrovi.com
    Youtube: (1st Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGvEkmW9JPM (2nd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsQBsvhdZM8 (3rd Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W0Tm1_Jj9s (4th Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7W1HeBMrwA (5th Mov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1x5kWa50Ok

    9. Symphony No. 9 in D Major - Gustav Mahler (1910) / Herbert von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic (1982)
    Spotify: https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon....gSL._SS500.jpg

    10. Symphony No. 10 - Eduard Tubin / Neeme Jarvi - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Spotify: http://losslessclassics.com/wp-conte...symphonies.jpg
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdUDCTEcsUE
    Last edited by AfterHours; Nov-15-2017 at 01:10.
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    1. Walton (alternative: Bax)
    2. Khachaturian (alternative: Tubin)
    3. Glière (alternative: Peterson-Berger)
    4. Brahms (alternative: Martinu)
    5. Nielsen (alternative: Tchaikovsky)
    6. Mahler (alternative: Prokofiev)
    7. Bruckner (alternative: Vaughan Williams)
    8. Dvorák (alternative: Holmboe)
    9. Schubert (alternative: Shostakovich)
    10. Langgaard (alternative: Villa-Lobos)

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    1. Mahler (alt Walton)
    2. Borodin (alt Brahms)
    3. Sibelius (alt Harris)
    4. Nielsen (alt Bruckner)
    5. Vaughan Williams (alt Nielsen)
    6. Myaskovsky (alt Hovhaness)
    7. Beethoven (alt Shostakovich)
    8. Schubert (alt Dvorak)
    9. Dvorak (alt Schubert)
    10. Shostakovich (alt Henze)
    Last edited by cougarjuno; Nov-16-2017 at 03:17.

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