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Brahms: Symphony 1 / Wagner: Tannhauser Selections


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  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (June 23, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000003GCY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tannhauser: Wagner: Bacchanale from Tannhauser
2. Symphony No. 1 In C Minor Op. 68: Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Movement 1, Un poco sostenuto - allegro - meno allegro
3. Symphony No. 1 In C Minor Op. 68: Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Movement 2, Andante sostenuto
4. Symphony No. 1 In C Minor Op. 68: Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Movement 3, Un poso allegretto e grazioso
5. Symphony No. 1 In C Minor Op. 68: Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - Movement 4, Adagio - piu andante - allegro no troppo, ma con brio - piu allegro

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian H. Williams on September 14, 2001
Of all the great recordings of the Brahms 1 available, this is without question, the best. Yes, Stokowski, Walter, Szell, Furtwangler and Klemperer have all set precedents, but Horenstein is a cut above the rest. Horenstein's trademark tension management has never been move evident than on this recording. The precussion have a sense of strength and tightness that is just so exciting. The brass sound incredible! Credit must be given to excelent engineering of the RCA staff and the superb remastering by Chesky. I dare anyone to match the intensity achieved by Horenstein and the London Symphony. After hearing Horenstein, it will be hard to hear anyone else. Buy this recording and relish it. After relishing it, you're going to wonder why Horenstein has never been grouped with the great ones like Stokowski and Toscanini. It's a pitty that his art was not recorded as often as the other giants.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Dorfman on June 15, 2013
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Horenstein is nearly always a sure bet, even with a second tier band, but with the London based orchestras, he is invariably superb. His Brahms 1st is at or near the top for a modern era hi-fi account. Furtwangler serveys an immense vista in Berlin and Vienna iterations, and Toscanini in 1940 is apocalyptic in power and intensity. Horenstein here combines elements of both. In fact you could make a case that he was a fusion of those two opposites. Well worth a purchase if you can find it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Firebrand on January 9, 2014
There have been many outstanding recordings of the Brahms First, but Jascha Horenstein's with the London Symphony Orchestra is the undisputed heavyweight champion. This may seem like hyperbole, but once you have heard it, no other version will do. Staggering and monumental, powerful from beginning to end. Intensity and suspense, off the scale. It is an electrifying tour de force, from the fearsome opening timpanis to the glorious, singing finale. Horenstein's uncanny mastery of drama and internal detail and line are readily apparent.

Otto Klemperer's magnificent version of the First, another classic that has long been viewed as a standard, must also be mentioned here, and so must the versions from Bruno Walter, Barbirolli, Bernstein, and of course, Furtwangler. But not even these are as thoroughly triumphant as Horenstein's.

This towering performance is a great moment in music history, like each of Horenstein's unique recordings of Mahler. It is important, a must-listen, and a must-own for collectors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James B. Oakley III on June 11, 2014
This recording of Brahms' First Symphony has been on my desert island list since LP days. The feeling I have when I hear it is that it is all of a piece. No disconnect among the movements or phrases. Everything fits together with the precision of a fine watch. The coupling with Wagner is odd, but no matter. If you like the music, you should hear this performance!
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