One of my favorite symphonies from the romantic period.
The Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms spent at least fourteen years completing this work, whose sketches date from 1854. Brahms himself declared that the symphony, from sketches to finishing touches, took 21 years, from 1855 to 1876. The premiere of this symphony, conducted by the composer's friend Felix Otto Dessof, occurred on November 4,1876 in Karlsruhe, Germany. A typical performance lasts between 45 and 50 minutes.
Günter Wand (1912-2002) made an imperative contribution not only to our understanding of Bruckner but also to that of Schubert as a symphonist. Both composers were particularly close to his heart and his international breakthrough came late in his life - with his highly-acclaimed Bruckner and Schubert recordings 1974-81.
I've heard the great late Celibidache and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra performing Brahms' First in Paris in 1980. As we all probably know, Celibidache was not keen of recording, but here's some Dvorak by him - for the Dvorak month.
Definitely one of my favorite conductors. To me, he's to the orchestra what ABM or Gould are to the piano (despite the fact that Gould shunned public performances as much as Celibidache shunned recording sessions.)
Well, there are lots of great pianists. ABM and Gould are among them, there's no question about it. I love Rubinstein, especially when he plays Chopin. And yes, Celibidache was very special. He was a great performer and a great music-thinker, too. I'm a kind of a vinyl junkie and I can understand his resistance to recording. A good concert hall is the best (and a good gramophone+good speakers are next to it).