Brahms: Symphony No. 1 - PSO/Steinberg; Wagner: Die Meistersinger excerpts - PO/Ormandy
KHCD-2011-098DL (STEREO) - Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68 - William Steinberg/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Wagner: Prelude to Act III/Dance of the Apprentices/Entrance of the Meistersingers from "Die Meistersinger"; Prelude to "Die Meistersinger" - Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra - Last in the Steinberg/PSO Brahms Symphony cycle (the others are KHCD-2010-022 Brahms Symphonies Nos. 3&4; KHCD-2011-028 Brahms Symphony No. 2 & Shostakovich Symphony No. 1), finally released after a judicious remastering. I had first remastered the reel tape in 2009, but was not satisfied with the results, so I put the project aside until this year (2011). After spending some time relistening and readjusting, I was happy with the final remaster. It is a faithful reproduction of the reel tape. Steinberg's performances are to-the-point, well-recorded with a wide soundstage, and are most worthy of reissue. The Wagner selections with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra are breathtaking in beauty and grandeur. Most of Ormandy's Wagner recordings on Columbia have been ignored by the current copyright holders, which is a sad state of affairs. His interpretations are less fussy and much more beautiful than many currently in print. A wonderful release!