Stokowski's NBC Brahms Symphonies

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Stokowski made something of a habit of programming a Brahms symphony for his debuts, and his first NBC SO concert in 1941 was no exception - with a superb Third Symphony, a work he'd conducted for the first time in his debut season in Cincinatti back in 1909. Two weeks later Brahms was back, in the shape of the Symphony No. 4 - a work which was also to feature in the conductor's final UK public concert some 33 years later in 1974.

Both have been restored in quite astonishing sound quality from previously unheard high fidelity archive sources which fully convey the dynamism and vigour of Stokowski's approach in performances that dazzle and delight in equal measure.