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In Reply to: RE: Andris Nelsons BSO Brahms 4 Symphonies on CD and Downloads--Pre-Order Now... posted by John Marks on April 13, 2017 at 18:27:54
I am curious because while I have heard in the past the BSO play as well as they are now playing for Maestro Nelsons (and always with guest conductors, most notably Sir Colin Davis), I have never heard the BSO sound as lovely on recordings in, well, I dunno 50 years?
Barbirolli got wonderful sounds out of the BSO--Steinberg had his moments, and Munch of course brought the Koussevitzky sound into the stereo era.
But the way the BSO sounds now under Nelsons is I think amazing, and such a relief after the Levine years--and the new recordings are also light-years better than what the BSO put out in the Levine era, IMHO.
Regarding the Sibelius, it was just so nice to hear that old-fashioned BSO "glow," as I knew it on Lp, so probably three things came together: hall, musicians and recording quality.
If any composer's string writing is susceptible to digititis, it's Brahms, followed by Dvorak. I'm really hoping that the Brahms you mentioned is captured as successfully as the Sibelius and Wagner. My favorite 3rd is Walter's but the "hot" strings are a real disappointment.
Thanks to you, I'm in the process of downloading the Brahms/Dvorak Serenades, for a mere 10 bucks. I'm not usually fond of chamber reductions, but the samples are so attractive that I just had to check it out.
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