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In Reply to: RE: Yes--my choices on the samples--great minds (and hearts) think alike! posted by John Marks on April 18, 2017 at 08:47:27
on Decca didn't really do it for me, though I get the conductor's objectives. The freshness and clarity was gratifying at first but got tiresome.
Funny--I agree about the Chailly. To me it felt over-thought-out.
Nelsons I believe has no previous Brahms symphony recordings except for No. 2 (and Alto Rhapsody) with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, so it is not as though there is an older complete set people will inevitably compare this one to.
The BSO is selling downloads not only of individual symphonies but even individual movement tracks. However, you might have to buy at least one full symphony to get the .pdf of the liner note booklet.
In this case, yes; you can download the entire set, download one symphony, or download one track. The only caveat is that it appears that in order to download the liner note booklet .pdf, you have to buy "an album," and whether that means one symphony or the whole set, is not clear.
But if one wanted to get one's pinky toe wet on one's favorite movement, that is a valid option.
The case where I can imagine that you must buy an entire classical album download is when the work performed is not in the public domain and therefore the label has to get a download license from the music's publisher. Such licenses are as far as I know almost always for the entire work, e.g., Shostakovich's 10th symphony--and indeed, the DG BSO Nelsons download of that is available from HDTracks only as a complete album (with the filler work of a hair-raising Passacaglia from "Lady MacBeth of the Mtsensk District").
Thanks to all, btw who visited my blog and who listened to the sound samples. IMHO the BSO went through many years of not realizing its potential, but--now that Ferrari is running on all cylinders!
(Exp: At the press availability where I met Nelsons, he commented that even though he did not drive, conducting the BSO made him feel like he'd been given the keys to a Ferrari.)
Giving the late Ayrton Senna the keys to my old Toyota!
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