Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
This unique and exclusive Deluxe download includes the following free bonus items:
– The free full 1940 version album of Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini. This excellent quality recording has been digitised from Victor 78rpm Album DM-875 (062534 – 062543).
Recorded May 6, 1940.
– The complete full First edition music score published by Berlin: N. Simrock, 1877. Plate 7957.
– The full size 3200 x 2281 unedited cover artwork, without titles.
– 50 page booklet with notes and photos about The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Brahms and Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68.
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, by Johannes Brahms was first performed in 1876, conducted by Felix Otto Dessoff, a friend of the composer. It took Brahms at least 14 years to complete, the first sketches dating from 1862.
The long gestation of the symphony may be put down to two factors: on the one hand, Brahms’ self-critical fastidiousness which led him to destroy many of his early works, and, on the other hand, the expectation of Brahms’ friends and the public that Brahms would continue “Beethoven’s inheritance” and produce a symphony of commensurate dignity and intellectual scope—an expectation which Brahms felt he could not fulfill easily in view of the monumental reputation of Beethoven.
The work is in the typical four movements, scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani and strings.
Cat No: NM 1017