(featuring The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by none other than Otto Klemperer himself, on a Columbia Magic Notes release)
As the listener hears Brahms' richly romantic Third Symphony, he or she gets a real sense that Johannes had really hit his stride as a composer ... by the time he reached this, his penultimate symphony, in 1883, he had clearly found his own voice. Sweeping, lyrical string lines and beautifully autumnal woodwind passages make this a delight from start to finish.
While some other great composers had a reputation for being curmudgeonly, Brahms was by now, of an altogether sunnier disposition. If you’re in any doubt, listen for the musical clue that runs through this symphony: the notes F–A flat–F occur repeatedly, and allude to the composer’s own saying, ‘frei aber froh’ – which translates as ‘free but happy’.
Von Bulow (not unknown for voluntarily blowing the Brahms-publicity-trumpet) even called this symphony "Brahms' equivalent of Eroica (!)", recalling Beethoven's own ultra-legendary Third Symphony ...
Side One : Symphony No.3 in F major Op.90, by Brahms :-
1) I Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I 2) II Andante.
Side Two : Symphony No.3 (conclusion) :-
1) III Poco Allegretto 2) IV Allegro - Un poco sostenuto.
The 'Academic Festival Overture' was dedicated by Brahms, to the University of Breslau, in return for the Doctorate the University gave to him in 1879.
Side Two : 3) Academic Festival Overture Op.80.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX-/EX-.