A Note on Brahms Symphony No.1 in C Minor OP.68

Somehow, I do not have much appreciation for Symphonies in general. But today I was listening to a recently bought recording of Brahms’s symphonies by Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a line in the CD booklet caught my eyes:

“He was determined that what he regarded as a landmark in his career should – at whatever cost in time – be as worthy of him as he could possibly make it. That his anxiety on this score continued right to the end is exemplified in the alterations he made almost at the last minute to the second and third movements in order to make the finale more effective.” 

The shopkeeper at the second-hand recording store in Ann Arbor, where I bought this recording from, remarked to me that Brahms composes the best symphonies, with the only possible exception of Beethoven No.9. Yet I am not that much into Brahm’s symphonies as I am into his concertos and piano trios, but the finale part of this piece (the third movement) is exceptionally appealing to me. And I like the quote from its booklet, as you see above.

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