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Getting into classical music late in life and was exposed to Brahms Symphony #3 via streaming (Forget which release). As I often do, I googled the work to learn more about it and the composer. Learned that there are widely varying interpretations of this work, broadly settling into Classical and Romantic renderings; some repeating a part at the beginning, some not; and that Brahms was loath to get too specific on his performance instruction (tempos etc), which perhaps contributes to the confusion. BTW, I tend to like the clarity of digital recordings but open to analog with the right performance. Soooo... what is your recommended version and why?BTW Here is the page I found that discusses the different approaches. Sub-question: Is this kind of disagreement typical of other Brahms works?
Hi dB:I would grab Jochum's box set of EMI recordings, with an excellent version of Brahm's third, while you can. I own two other box sets, and this is by far my fav--but it looks like it is no longer in production, so I wouldn't wait too long...https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B008I157AQ/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allGood luck;limits
I like "autumnal" Brahms. And for that, in very good digital sound, I prefer Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic on Warner (EMI). For a more incisive reading, try Maazel with the Cleveland Orchestra on Decca Eloquence, in excellent analog sound.The sound of the Karajan recordings is bright and harsh.
Thanks for the suggestions everybody. I'm monitoring the thread.Is this something Brahms was known for in general- vague performance instructions- or was that just the Third?
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