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Symphony No.4/Bruno Walter [SACD, Import]

Brahms , Walter , Columbia Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 1999)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD, Import
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00000K4IC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By drdanfee VINE VOICE
This performance has been a staple of the recorded Brahms repertoire, since it first appeared in vinyl. Now, having been reincarnated again and again, it has finally reached SACD disc in a new transfer that lets its special magic into your very own listening room once more, removing yet another sonic veil that you hadn't before realized was scrimmed between you and the music.
First, one must admit that the huge sonic purpose of this SACD transfer is that you can appreciate what the conductor and orchestra are doing in this symphony. Uniquely, Bruno Walter offers us an example of an almost lost art, with his flexible tempos. While other conductors slow down or speed up in exaggerated and will-o-the-wisply inspired readings; Bruno Walter tempos are inexorably wedded to the underlying harmonic structures of the symphony and its musical argument or narrative. Neither do Walter and the orchestra slight those soaring melodies, whether sung out fully on strings or on woodwinds or both.
Hearing all this again, you realize how indebted Bruno Walter must have been to the Great Forebear, Furtwangler. Who can fail to be grateful that Bruno achieved his own special autumnal glory in this most tightly organized work? It is a performance by a conductor who has loved the music over many decades, earned his heartfelt emotional chops, and managed to illuminate the high intelligence that Johannes Brahms had as a man and as a composer.
Supposedly, Arturo Toscanini once dismissed Bruno Walter's interpretive genius by saying, something like: "Oh, Walter. Well, when he hits somethings nice, he just melts." Clearly, on the evidence of this cherished recording, the charges are false or mistaken, indeed. Bruno Walter and the orchestra show us inner fire, and inner strength.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, flexible, Songful Brahms from famous Bruno Walter 10 Jan 2004
By drdanfee - Published on Amazon.com
This performance has been a staple of the recorded Brahms repertoire, since it first appeared in vinyl. Now, having been reincarnated again and again, it has finally reached SACD disc in a new transfer that lets its special magic into your very own listening room once more, removing yet another sonic veil that you hadn't before realized was scrimmed between you and the music.
First, one must admit that the huge sonic purpose of this SACD transfer is that you can appreciate what the conductor and orchestra are doing in this symphony. Uniquely, Bruno Walter offers us an example of an almost lost art, with his flexible tempos. While other conductors slow down or speed up in exaggerated and will-o-the-wisply inspired readings; Bruno Walter tempos are inexorably wedded to the underlying harmonic structures of the symphony and its musical argument or narrative. Neither do Walter and the orchestra slight those soaring melodies, whether sung out fully on strings or on woodwinds or both.
Hearing all this again, you realize how indebted Bruno Walter must have been to the Great Forebear, Furtwangler. Who can fail to be grateful that Bruno achieved his own special autumnal glory in this most tightly organized work? It is a performance by a conductor who has loved the music over many decades, earned his heartfelt emotional chops, and managed to illuminate the high intelligence that Johannes Brahms had as a man and as a composer.
Supposedly, Arturo Toscanini once dismissed Bruno Walter's interpretive genius by saying, something like: "Oh, Walter. Well, when he hits somethings nice, he just melts." Clearly, on the evidence of this cherished recording, the charges are false or mistaken, indeed. Bruno Walter and the orchestra show us inner fire, and inner strength. Even if SACD has hardly yet begun to make hifi news with its multichannel capabilities, this stereo disc will remain a treasure, no matter how many channels the newer recorded performances get.
The surprise is not that this master tape finally made it to SACD. No, rather we must ask: where are the other three symphonies that Bruno Walter recorded, for the same label, with the same forces, in the same recorded era?
Considering the fact that the master tape has paid for itself, tenfold and more, it is absolutely shameless of Sony not to have made the other symphonies equally available. They say the slick international corporations who are the owners of these recorded archives don't ever listen to classical music any more; but just regard their holdings as property, as if all those master tapes were simply warehouses full of refrigerators, instead of almost priceless cultural and musical insight into the human condition.
Well, don't be that way. Get this SACD, returning to a day when both conductor and orchestra deeply believed that Brahms' fourth symphony meant something quite grand and quite alive, breathing the dramas and calms of all the large existential themes we demean when we classify music as "entertainment." Since these people were True Believers, hearing them again can help us understand a bit better, how and what and why they thought making music like this was a way of life and a higher calling.
Highly recommended. There are too many stars on show here to actually count.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in every way................. 4 Aug 2000
By yazdanbuksh - Published on Amazon.com
This recording of Walter's last Brahms cycle is really something to remember him by, he was born to conduct Brahms 4th Symphony. Ok I'm a little biased because I love Walter's method of bringing out the colours of this great symphony, never-the-less this is a very good account of Brahms's shall we say masterpiece. The sound is really good, clear and Walter at his best, however, I might as well warn you that this recording does have a certain amount of hissing in the background which at certain times specially in the second slow movement becomes quite irritating, but don't let this dissuade you form this fantastic piece, this recording is second to none accept Carlos and Sanderling.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Walter classic beautifully restored 22 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Much like the other Bruno Walter reissues in this series, the DSD transfer faithfully records the musical information in the master tapes and presents it with a clarity, immediacy, and warmth unmatched in any previous transfer. The minor tape hiss is nugatory and is a price well worth paying for hearing every bit of information on the original recording. Like the Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert recordings in this series, this is a classic Bruno Walter recording -- enough said.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good transfer to SACD 30 Nov 2003
By James M. Shertzer - Published on Amazon.com
This has long been a favorite among both music lovers and audio enthusiasts - a classic performance handsomely captured by Columbia's West Coast engineers in the early days of stereo recording. The SACD transfer is smooth and well-detailed, the sound stage broad but a bit lacking in depth perhaps. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, superb sound, but .... 22 Aug 2008
By Francisco A. MELLO - Published on Amazon.com
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Only a fine musician as Bruno Walter to obtain such an outstanding result from a third-class ensemble as this "Columbia Symphony Orchestra". The SACD transfer is a miracle of technology, and it is only in the Passacaglia that Walter's age becomes apparent - a really dragging, sluggish "Allegro energico e passionato": no energy, no passion at all, though Walter's finesse and pristine music-making manages to save the score from total collapse. As a whole, however, this is one of the most remarkable renderings of Brahms 4th ever committed to records. The only real restriction regards the fact that this SACD is not compatible with standard DVD/CD players. SONY should follow the example set by other labels and produce compatible SACDs.
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