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Why can't all Brahms be conducted like this??,
This review is from: Brahms: Symphonies Nos.1 - 4 (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
If anybody, like me, sometimes view Brahms' music as rather turgid and heavy-going then this is the set for you!. I've never enjoyed listening to the symphonies as much as this account from Eugen Jochum and the BPO from the 1950's. Ok it's in mono but don't let that distract you from the fantastic playing of this wonderful orchestra. And the wonderful flexible, almost swashbuckling conducting from Jochum.
Jochum, known for his Bruckner interpretations, takes on a very different style of music here. But, never-the-less is no less effective.
Just listen to the different textures that Jochum can draw from the different sections of the orchestra to make this music sing along.
To the dogged Brahms purists out there, this may disappoint!. But, personally speaking, it's a revelation. It actually makes his music sound more interesting - dare I say it more exciting??...