Top positive review
on 29 April 2015
First of all the recording. I had the CDs but was tempted by the low price of the blu ray on Amazon market place - less than I paid for the 3 CDs, which I shall now pass on or sell. The sound is definitely preferable and I had no problems getting it to play through my cheap Sony blu ray player and the DAC of my SACD player. Stereo only, which is fine for me. As for the performances - my favourite conductors of Brahms treat it like Beethoven rather than Mahler or Elgar. So I like Jochum in general and Bruno Walter in the 3rd (awful when taken too slowly). Chailly is generally slightly faster than Jochum (EMI) though the latter was very fast with the BPO on DG. The result is bracing in the louder and faster passages, which is good, and yet they perform the slower or quieter sections with great beauty. Chailly's approach is excellent in the 3rd, as good as Walter's, and if the 2nd is supposed to be too fast it is worth noting that it is only a tiny bit longer overall than Haitink (LSO). So ignore the negative reviews and enjoy!