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Posted March 15, 2012
I purchased this recording solely for the Brahms Symphony No. 1. I have 30 or so recordings of it, so why not another? I purchased the recording based on a critic's review of the performance and interpretation. He said it was one of the best available, and I totally agree with him. The intensity that Boult brings to the music is unsurpassed. Tempos are just right and the players play their hearts out. The reoording was taped at a live concert in the 1970's and the excitment of the occasion is surely evident. For its age, the sound is full and clear with details in the music brought out. This is now one of my favorite performances of the symphony. The Elgar is also very well done. Boult was a specialist of Elgar's music. This CD is a winner take all.
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