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BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 / Haydn Variations (Furtwangler, Commercial Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 5)


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BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 / Haydn Variations (Furtwangler, Commercial Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 5)

Listening to Furtwängler’s performances from the postwar period is to participate in some of the most intense realisations of the repertoire he held most dear, including that of Brahms with whom he shared a consuming interest in the roots of their German musical heritage. Both in his writing and interpretative stance, Furtwängler sought to attain the heart of Brahms’s idiom through the imagery of its connections with nature. The introduction to the Finale of the First Symphony is an obvious case in point. Having wound down the tempo of the preceding movement using the tonal possibilities of Brahms’s instrumentation to reflect a decidedly autumnal sunset, Furtwängler allows the music to emerge as though from darkest night with the Finale’s horn-call resounding with all the warmth and reassurance of a shaft of morning sun breaking through the mists.

Brahms, Johannes

  Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
1.   I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro 00:14:48
2.   II. Andante sostenuto 00:10:39
3.   III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso 00:05:06
4.   IV. Adagio - Più Andante 00:16:32
  Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations"
5.   Theme, "Chorale St. Antoni": Andante 00:02:15
6.   Variation I: Poco più animato 00:01:17
7.   Variation II: Più vivace 00:01:01
8.   Variation III: Con moto 00:02:07
9.   Variation IV: Andante con moto 00:02:45
10.   Variation V: Vivace 00:00:54
11.   Variation VI: Vivace 00:01:23
12.   Variation VII: Grazioso 00:03:12
13.   Variation VIII: Presto non troppo 00:00:58
14.   Finale: Andante 00:03:50

Total Playing Time: 01:06:47

Brahms, Johannes

Furtwängler, Wilhelm

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.110998

Barcode: 0636943199824

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Physical Release: 06/2007

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