BRAHMS: SYMPHONY NO.1 (Concertgebouw Orchestra/ Herbert von Karajan) (Naxos Historical: 8.111298)
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Karajan's war-time recordings took him to Berlin, Dresden and Turin and, in 1943, to Amsterdam to work with the highly renowned Concertgebouw Orchestra, a great orchestra then as now. This exciting account of Brahms's 'First Symphony', with its impeccable ensemble and intense, singing engagement with the music's linearity, more than holds its own in the light of Karajan's four later recordings, made in London, Vienna and twice in Berlin. It is here coupled with a potent 'Leonore Overture No. 3', notable for its off-the-leash impetuosity, and a seductive and tension-filled excerpt from 'Salome'.
\Mark Obert-Thorn's work seems to have the edge in transparency: try the second movement, around the five minute mark, to hear just what the Karajan of 1947 could achieve texturally... One really receives the impression of Brahmsian vastness....This performance is forever recommended. That Naxos has provided a transfer at such price and quality zooms the recommendation in on this issue." MusicWeb International on 8111038
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