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Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. ("Italian") [Import]

National Philharmonic Orchestra , conductor Leopold Stokowski Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Brahms and Lighthearted Mendelssohn May 18 2004
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If you are searching for a truly great recording of the Brahms 2 and have laready heard the classics by Walter, Barbirolli, Szell and Steinberg, you will still need to add this to your collection. One of Stoky's last recordings of his career, it was recorded for CBS in 1977. Thanks to the Stokowski Society licensing the mastertapes from Sony Music, this recording has never sounded better. Nice wide separation and beautiful balancing. Stokowski's reading has a soft, lush quality. The string tone is so warm and lush, it will give you goose bumps. Stokowski is nowhere near as aggressive as Ketesz in his reading for Decca. Also of note, for the first time in his long career, Stokowski observes the exposition repeat for both the symphonies. Also absent are any changes in the score. Those of you who know Stokowski well may find this surprising, but he still delivers a great performance. The second movement is peaceful and calming. The fourth movement, known for it's drive at the coda is taken at a perfect pace with out exaggerating the intensity in the brass. A wonderful reading. The Mendelssohn is also blessed with wonderful singing strings and taken at the perfect tempo. Mendelssohn was frequently absent from Stoky's concerts and recordings, so we should be grateful he chose to record this before his death. This is a great release with top notch remastering and updated liner notes. Grab this one!
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