Strauss: Symphony in D minor; Symphony in F minor

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COMPOSERS: Strauss
LABELS: Koch Schwann
WORKS: Symphony in D minor; Symphony in F minor
PERFORMER: Bavarian RSO, Berlin RSO/Karl Anton Rickenbacher
CATALOGUE NO: 3-6532-2
The older Strauss scathingly described Brahms’s symphonies as ‘empty shells’. As a teenager, however, he was an admirer, and even presented his F minor symphony to the older composer who grudgingly admitted it was ‘not bad’. It is more interesting, certainly, than the earlier D minor, but there is no hint of the mature composer lurking around the corner. Christopher Lambton

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