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    ^Klemperer's Brahms 2nd is really good. It's the first recording of that symphony I've enjoyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    ^Klemperer's Brahms 2nd is really good. It's the first recording of that symphony I've enjoyed.
    A bit more power than most versions. Just listened to Furtwangler '45 on the way home. Just sheer perfection in every regard. I cannot pick a favorite Furtwangler Brahms symphony. He excels equally in all four. Just so naturally attuned to every nook and cranny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Sorry, Premont, that was a typo in my original post. Was meant to say Boult / LPO. In my defence I was rushing.
    As far as I know, Boult made two cycles. A mono cycle in the 1950es with LPO and a stereo cycle somewhat later either with LPO or LSO.

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    The complete sets in my collection. Favourites (top 5) marked as appropriate!

    Berlin/Vienna PO/Furtwangler
    Berlin PO/Jochum
    Philharmonia O/Klemperer
    Philharmonia O/Giulini
    Cleveland O/Szell
    Vienna PO/Barbirolli
    London PO/Boult
    Vienna PO/Kertesz.
    Halle O/Loughran (big soft spot here!)
    London PO/Jochum.
    Berlin PO/Karajan (70s)
    Czech PO/Belohlavek.
    Halle O/Skrowaczewski.
    Berlin PO/Abbado
    London PO/Sawallisch
    Tonhalle Zurich/Zinman
    Leipzig Gewandhaus/Chailly
    SWR SO/Gielen

    Difficult to not give smiley faces to Jochum DGG, Szell, and Barbirolli...
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    So many Furtwangler lovers. Is there a best quality set, from an audio perspective, that you recommend?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbmonty View Post
    So many Furtwangler lovers. Is there a best quality set, from an audio perspective, that you recommend?
    Thanks!
    The Music & Arts set with the gray cover listed on the previous pages is one of the greatest orchestral compilations in existence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    The first symphony on there (I think, that's the NDR Symphony one, no?) is seriously killer. Wow, the whole set can be had used for $5 on Amazon. I'm still waiting on the Klemperer Brahms box set I ordered to come in, but that is really tempting.
    All 4 are really great. The 2nd from 1945 may be the best of the bunch.

    Have you listened to the 1st symphony, 4th movement that survives from his January 1945 concert? It’s a shame that’s all that survived, but the recording is amazing. Maybe the best thing Furtwängler ever did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmsianhorn View Post
    The Music & Arts set with the gray cover listed on the previous pages is one of the greatest orchestral compilations in existence.
    Thanks for this. I see that there are some duplicates with my Berlin Philharmonic Radio recordings unfortunately. Specifically the 4th Symphony, the Violin Concerto and the Variations On A Theme By Haydn. I'll look for the first three symphonies separately.
    Thanks for the response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbmonty View Post
    Thanks for this. I see that there are some duplicates with my Berlin Philharmonic Radio recordings unfortunately. Specifically the 4th Symphony, the Violin Concerto and the Variations On A Theme By Haydn. I'll look for the first three symphonies separately.
    Thanks for the response.
    Funny you say that because the 4th is the only one from the set where I prefer a different version - 1949 Wiesbaden. Best transfers are Tahra for 1 and 4 and DG for 2 and 3. I have all four separately.



    (Search Amazon under "Wiener Furtwangler" for #2)





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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmsianhorn View Post
    All 4 are really great. The 2nd from 1945 may be the best of the bunch.

    Have you listened to the 1st symphony, 4th movement that survives from his January 1945 concert? It’s a shame that’s all that survived, but the recording is amazing. Maybe the best thing Furtwängler ever did.
    I haven't. I'm a new fan of both Brahms and Furtwängler. I just got that big EMI box set and it includes a Brahms cycle. Must be a different set than the Music and Arts series. But I trust it's still worth listening to.

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