Monteux/VPO: Brahms Symphony No. 2 Op. 73 (rec. 1959) - RCA VIC-1055
Jacket EX- / LP NM-
This handsome LP from RCA (VIC-1055, US pressing, plum label, 1S/1S stampers, mono) features Pierre Monteux and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's resplendent rendition of Brahms's Symphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 73, recorded during 13-22 April 1959 in the warm acoustics of the Sofiensaal and one of the great accounts of this work.
Although more readily associated with the French repertoire, Monteux himself felt closer to the Austro-Hungarian masters and his recordings of this literature are as commanding as they are instructive, his impeccable and unfailing sense of rhythm married to a complete grasp of the overall architecture – visionary conducting that sweeps all before it.
He was highly regarded not only by the orchestras who played under him, but also by the 20th Century composers whose works he championed, most notably Stravinsky, Ravel, and Debussy, as well as by such fellow podium colleagues and luminaries as Toscanini.
Happily he was consistently afforded superlative sound, indeed in the demonstration class.