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Author Dyment, Christopher, author

Title Conducting the Brahms symphonies : from Brahms to Boult / Christopher Dyment
Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : The Boydell Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 250 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Contents Brahms conducts : the composer and his contemporaries -- The documentary evidence : lines of authority -- Recorded evidence : traditions traced or lost -- Conclusions
Summary How did Brahms conduct his four symphonies? What did he want from other conductors when they performed these works, and to which among them did he give his approval? And crucially, are there any stylistic pointers to these performances in early recordings of the symphonies made in the first half of the twentieth century? Christopher Dyment provides a comprehensive and in-depth answer to these important issues. Drawing together the strands of existing research with extensive new material from a wide range of sources, he presents a vivid picture of historic performance practice in Brahms's era and the half-century that followed. Here is a remarkable panorama showcasing Brahms himself conducting, together with those conductors whom he heard, among them Levi, Richter, Nikisch, Weingartner and Fritz Steinbach, and their disciples, such as Toscanini, Stokowski, Boult and Fritz Busch. Here, too, are other famed Brahms conductors of the early twentieth century, including Furtwangler and Abendroth, whose connections with the Brahms tradition are closely examined. The author then analyses recordings of the symphonies by these conductors and highlights aspects which the composer might well have commended. Finally, Dyment suggests the importance of his conclusions for those contemporary conductors who are currently attempting to rediscover genuine performance traditions in their own re-creations of the symphonies. This study is complemented with photographs and a frontispiece
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-244) and index
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Subject Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897 -- Performances.
Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. Symphonies.
Conductors (Music) -- History -- 19th century.
Conductors (Music) -- History -- 20th century.
Performance practice (Music) -- History -- 19th century.
Performance practice (Music) -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782046259 (electronic bk)
9781782046257 (electronic bk)