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Symphony 1 / Haydn Variations Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • ASIN: B000002A7Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I. Un poco sostenuto - AllegroBruno Walter;Columbia Symphony Orchestra14:03Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenutoBruno Walter;Columbia Symphony Orchestra 8:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco Allegretto e graziosoBruno Walter;Columbia Symphony Orchestra 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Più Andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brioBruno Walter;Columbia Symphony Orchestra16:50Album Only
Listen  5. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Thema - Chorale St. Antoni - AndanteBruno Walter 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Variation I - Poco più animatoBruno Walter 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Variation II - Piy vivaceBruno Walter 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Variation III - Con motoBruno Walter 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Variation IV - Andante con motoBruno Walter 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Variation V - VivaceBruno Walter 1:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Variation VI - VivaceBruno Walter 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Variation VII - GraziosoBruno Walter 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Variations On A Theme By Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Variation VIII. Presto Non TroppoBruno Walter0:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a: Finale - AndanteBruno Walter 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80Bruno Walter 9:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Humphreys on 18 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
In my youth I was somewhat dismissive of Bruno Walter: his reading is traditional, with all the violins on the left (so you lose the antiphonal detail), and he ignores the exposition repeat in the first movement. But now I'm older and a bit wiser, I can see the many wonderful qualities in these performances. Walter makes the music sing: this is Brahms that you can respect for its craftsmanship and inspiration, but which you can also love for its sheer beauty. The sound isn't at all bad, not state-of-the-art, but its age doesn't detract in any way from your enjoyment.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Brahms Going Fast 8 July 2003
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As someone who has only recently begun seriously collecting classical CDs, the Bruno Walter Edition has been a revelation. Walter, at the end of his career, set out to record his signature pieces for posterity in what was then the new technology of stereo. And unlike von Karajan, who rushed to record his repertoire at the dawn of the video and digital era to often-mixed results, every Walter performance I have encountered is absolutely brilliant. This recording of Brahms' 1st Symphony, and his whole stereo Brahms Symphony Cycle for that matter, is no exception. There are other Brahms Cycles out there that are equally good -- most notably those by Szell, Kertesz, Klemperer, and Bohm -- but none of them are superior to these accounts. Also, I should note that since making a point of acquiring all of the Bruno Walter Edition titles earlier this year, I have witnessed several of them falling prey to the deletion axe. So order the Bruno Walter Edition titles quickly, because these recordings made during the twilight of Walter's career, seem to be in the twilight of their own life as well.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Brahms 1st for the ages 4 Dec. 2007
By P. Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have listened to many recordings of Brahms 1st. I have also read extensively the reviews others have given on every Brahms 1st available on Amazon. Along with Klemperer's Brahms 1st, Walter's Brahms 1st is the one to own. The sound is incredible. The performance is closely-miked with deep rich bass. (a conductor's perspective). But, I like it that way. This performance draws you in. I can listen to this performance over and over without tiring. Do not get confused with the multitude of choices out there on which performance of Brahms 1st to get, I have done the searching and listening, get this Brahms 1st and you will not be disappointed.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
At the pinnacle of Brahms performances. 21 Jan. 2005
By Jeffrey Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hearing once again Bruno Walter's Brahms First re-connects me with what is one of the outstanding realizations of this glorious symphony. In this singing, powerfully expressive account, the conductor's accents and shaping of detail usher into bold relief the music's sublime character. In the first movement, he is especially effective at characterizing the music's underlying tension. The brilliantly lit, poignant tones of the second movement are presented in as musical a manner one could wish for. The less intense and more freely flowing third movement nicely benefits also from the conductor's special touch. In the early portion of the final movement, Walter elicits a marvelously atmospheric effect from the clarion call of the broad, noble sounding horn that follows the dark, fleeting clouds. Then, from the famous stately tune on, he neither loses sight of the music's singing line nor its surging intensity. I only wish he would have proceeded at a quicker pace following the spot I refer to as the powerful churning of the gears toward the close. Nevertheless, the final chords are convincing. Along with Van Beinum/Amsterdam Concertgebouw(his 1958 stereo recording), Klemperer/Philharmonia and Krips/Vienna Philharmonic this performance reigns as one of my favorite Brahms Firsts. Otherwise, the Academic Festival Overture brims with color, joyousness and grandness. It has never been bettered. The Variations on a Theme of Haydn likewise benefits greatly from Walter's affectionate and poetic approach. This entire cd is a tribute to one of the greatest lovers and interpreters of the music of Brahms.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Brahms First to carry you through a lifetime 10 July 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The program notes are gushing when they call Bruno Walter the most eminent interpreter of Brahms in the twentieth century, but here is a conductor, still capable of making this powerful Brahms First in 1959, who was twenty when the composer died. He learned his Brahms fro no less than Hans von Bulow and would have met the composer n person except that Brahms had entered his last year and was too ill to travel (Walter's mentor Gustav Mahler made the journey to Sichl, where the aged Brahms spent his summers, and found the old man melancholy and misanthropic - yet from a modern perspective, Brahms was hardly elderly at 64).

There's no need for me to heap my praise on so many others'. I only want to recount my surprise, after an absence of ten years or so, on returning to Walter's stereo Brahms First and finding it so dynamic and alert. When it first came out, his Columbia Sym. cycle was considered less than the mono one he made in the early Fifties with the NY Phil. Waning energies were attributed to Walter's troubles with heart disease, but that first cycle comes in raw sound, even when remastered, and it has some rough edges, too. There's a driven quality that might be the influence of Toscanini; there was enormous pressure in America for every conductor to ape Toscanini or fall under his shadow.

The remake is more Viennese, always moving forward but with a core of relaxed enjoyment in music-making. In the second movement we realize that not being close to Toscanini doesn't mean you've drawn near to Furtwangler. Walter's style isn't philosophical or searching. He's just a master of the traditional Romantic style that nurtured him in the nineteenth century. without being personal, he's authentic. The orchestra can be criticized for imbalances due to an under-powered string body, but in Brahms's day the strings were often even less. the scoring sounds sweeter and mellower for being able to hear horn and oboe almost all the time rather than Karajan's wall-of-sound violins. Walter is also more modest and lyrical than either Furtwangler or Karajan. In short, a reading that can carry you through a lifetime. It has Walter's famous singing quality and strength of purpose, too.

After recording the symphony in Nov. 1959, Walter returned the following January for the Haydn Variations and Academic Festival Over. (The latter at least used to be almost universally known to young listeners - but now?) Both are done with the same blend of mellowness and authority. For once, the overture actually feels festive with the extra snap Walter gives it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
one of the best 19 Feb. 2011
By DWAinLA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I usually leave reviews of these masterworks to the more long-winded writers here. And I agree with most of the above reviews - but this really is one of my favorite recordings in all of classical music. The entire Walter set too. I have at least 5 or 6 great versions of this - but somehow Walter's storytelling just beats them all(even with a pick-up orchestra - a very good one though). And the sound is fine. Too bad Furtwangler didn't make it to the more modern recording era - I love his live recordings of Brahms - but the sound is for die-hards only.
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