This week sees the first release in a, exciting new partnership between Pristine and the BrüderBuschArchiv at the Max Reger Institute in Germany. We've been working in conjunction with Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter at the Institute to produce this first excellent 2-CD album of music by Brahms, conducted by Fritz Busch and recorded live and in studio conditions between 1942 and 1950.
It begins with a 1942 radio broadcast recording with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York of the Symphony No. 1 - a very powerful reading though alas not in high fidelity sound - before we enter the more high fidelity era of 1950 for live recordings of the Tragic Overture and Nänie with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
The second of two discs is given over entirely to two further symphonies: the Symphony No. 2 was recorded for commercial release, again with the Danish orchestra, over two days in Copenhagen in 1947. It is followed by a live recording in particularly fine sound quality from 1950 of the Symphony No. 4 with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.