on January 22, 2015
I think, are the Bohm Brahms 2, Furtwangler Haydn 88 and Schumann 4, and Jochum Mozart (33, 36 and 39)+ Bruckner 9. Along with his late 1950s Berlin PO Brahms Symphony #1, this Brahms 2 is also superior to his 1970s VPO versions (although
their Brahms 4 is excellent). Furtwangler's Haydn/ Schumann disc is excellent in two crowded fields, especially the intensely
dramatic Schumann. The Haydn is sufficiently lively with a poetic second movement but does not replace versions by Jochum/BPO, Reiner/CSO, Mravinsky/Leningrad and Klemperer/PO. DG added Jochum's stunning stunning Mozart #39 to his #s 33 and 36 for this series, leaving his BRSO #40 nearly adrift, but.... Jochum's great BPO Bruckner #9 is one of his best
in the BPO/BRSO cycle.
Lesser are Bohm's stodgy Beethoven #5 with a slightly better #7. Also Markevitch Schubert 3 and 4. They are respectable
but eclipsed by Sawallisch, Van Beinum and Leppard in #3, and by Jochum, Klemperer and Marriner in #4. I prefer
Markevitch in his Berlioz/Bizet disc (excellent Fantastique -even better are his Damnation of Faust plus Harold in Italy on a separate 2fer).
I also find the Richter/Sanderling Beethoven third concerto stodgy in contrast with his more intense version with
Karel/Ancerl/Supraphon. I also prefer the following Beethoven second symphonies: Jochum/BPO, Van Beinum/Eloquence,
Klemperer/PO (Testament only), and Szell/Sony
This ten CD boxed set contains the first batch of releases in DG's "Musik...Sprache der Welt" series. Aside from a flimsy paperboard box/container and a booklet featuring an essay on DG's post-WWII recording activities, the packaging is identical to the single disc releases. I have reviewed eight of the ten individual titles included in this collection:
Bohm - Beethoven Syms 5 & 7
Bohm - Brahms Sym 2 / Reger
Furtwangler - Schumann / Haydn
Jochum - Bruckner Sym 9
Jochum - Mozart Syms 33, 36 & 39
Markevitch - Berlioz / Bizet
Markevitch - Schubert Syms 3 & 4
Sanderling - Beethoven Sym 2, Piano Cto 3
Instead of repeating those reviews, please consult the individual Amazon listings. No matter which way you purchase these value-priced classic mono and stereo performances, this is great music not to be missed.