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Recommended Recordings: "Boston Symphony @ Grafenegg /"

...It’s almost impossible to ruin this work, and the Boston Symphony certainly didn’t, getting plenty, if slightly lukewarm applause. But this wasn’t “Boston-Symphony-Good”, some of which the band had apparently shown in their Salzburg performances – and which needs to be “Knock-Your-Socks-Off Good”… it was merely an afterthought. Pity, really. Perhaps the orchestra was tired, at the back end of their tour, or Andris Nelsons distracted by negotiations to succeed Riccardo Chailly as next music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

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R.Strauss, Ein Heldenleben,

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J.Haydn, Symphonies 90 & 92,
T.Fey/Heidelberg Symphony

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S.Barber, Essay No.2 et al.,
T.Schippers/Columbia SO

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