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  1. #24 - Bernard Haitink conducting LSO - Brahms - Symphony No. 4


    Let me say this right off the bat: I adore and worship Haitink. Much like Karajan or Herr Furtwangler or Barenboim or Bernstein. Well, numerically, I'd assign him a lower number... but, why is this relevant?

    Moving on, having consumed only pre-90s Brahms 4 for a good part of the past year [six records I believe?], listening to a modern interpretation by one of the greatest, most talented conductors alive was a breadth of fresh air.
  2. #22 - Wand conducts DSO - Bruckner - Symphony No. 8

    1. The tempi are very expansive.... slower but that helps out in bringing better clarity.

    2. Not very familiar with the work. Scarcely.

    3. The finale is as orgasmic or satisfying as Karajan's final Bruckner 8 on DG was. {RECOMMENDED WITH HONORS}

    4. The sound is astoushingly good. Might be my standards because of mono and electrical records but the sound is superb ...
  3. #20 - Furtwangler conducting BPO - Schubert - Symphony No. 9 [1942]

    Sorry for the late posting but I've been sort of busy playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut. Wait, that's a filthy excuse. Its not even an excuse. I'll promise to update more frequent, most loyal frequent readers. {Albert}

    Continuation of Furtwangler month:

    Oh, my, the more I hear of Herr Furtwangler, the more enraptured I am by him. A most troubled man. Socially, politically, personally ...

    Updated Mar-12-2015 at 09:17 by Lord Lance

    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors , Concerts
  4. #19 - Furtwangler conducting BPO - Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6

    A performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony.

    I won't be providing an intellectual review wherein I break down every movement and analyse the reviews. Keeping things brief here:

    1. The tempi choices are wonderful and very much agreeable. Not as grand as Bernstein's DG retake.

    2. The intensity {The God of Power and Passion, after all} is thrilling here, even if the poor ...
  5. #17 - Asahina conducting Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra - Bruckner - Symphony No. 4

    I did a review of Solti's Bruckner 4 a while back.

    And while that performance shall remain as one of my favorites, today I assess this performance:

    Asahina is a true Brucknerian and there is doubt of it. He recorded not one but four complete cycle of Bruckner's Nine Symphonies and there exist several discs of his live performances of the Nine Symphonies.
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