Max Fiedler - German Radio Recordings Vol. 1

"Fiedler’s purely orchestral studio recordings are a great moment in the history of Brahms interpretation. No matter which performers of Brahms you prefer, I doubt you will hear the composer the same way after listening to Fiedler. He clearly was a remarkable musician" - Fanfare magazine on Fiedler's Brahms (PASC363)

Max Fiedler was one of only two recorded conductors with a direct connection to Brahms, and partly because of this - and partly because his only studio recordings were of music by Brahms - he's most often associated with the composer.

Here we get a glimpse of his wider talent, with music recorded for German radio rebroadcasts in 1936 which not only feature Brahms, whose Tragic Overture appears here. We also hear Mozart's 20th Piano Concerto (with pianist Lubka Kolessa), Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Schumann's 3rd Symphony and, a seasonal touch perhaps, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. All are new transfers from Mark Obert-Thorn of material previously unissued, captured on super-rare shellac pressings, and hark back to a playing style with its roots firmly in the late Romantic era. An incredible slice of musical history!