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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Thanks again, John; I just listened the the 3rd and it was a pleasure throughout: old-world playing

and sound at its best.

Seems like the BSO survived the "deconstructionist" era (think Abbado in Berlin, Muti in Philadelphia), with their corporate sound intact. Speaking of which, the massed string sound was among the best I've heard without having to drop a needle. Wind playing was a joy, especially the bassoon supporting the lower strings.

I've noticed over the years that conductors seem to have a hard time pacing the first movt. IMHO Walter get it just right in his Columbia stereo remake. No awkward gear-changes with Nelsons, so far as I can tell, though Walter and Furt wring just a touch more tragedy out of the climax.

At first I thought the 2nd movt was going to be too indulgent, but the playing! The string climax over open fifths in the bass...who wouldn't want to hold onto that dark, burnished sound? The strings are particularly atmospheric in the misty ending of the symphony, too.

A keeper for me.



Edits: 04/19/17

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