Do your first purchases of great music on disc still stack up? With me, some do, some don’t. Here are a few examples.
Brahms Symphony 4 Bruno Walter/NYPO No Toscanini and the BBC Symphony stepped ahead of Walter
Heifetz @ co in Mozart’s G minor Quintet Yes
Karajan and the Philharmonia in Sibelius 2 No (no edge to the performance) Monteux, Ansermet and Toscanini (1940), all vastly superior (IMHO)
The Oistrakhs/Kondrashin in Mozart’s E flat Sinfonia concertante Yes
Verdi’s Falstaff – Toscanini, NBC Yes
Furtwängler Tristan No – in general I prefer the leaner, fierier Carlos Kleiber
Mahler 9 Bernstein NYPO No – Walter pre-Anschluss gets me every time
Bach solo violin Sonatas – Heifetz Yes … but Hilary Hahn is coming close
Can I have some of your hits and misses?