13 July 2011
Brahms - Symphony no. 3 - Kindler and Beecham
Here a very interesting couple of rare Brahms 3.
Now almost forgotten, The (Dutch-born) American cellist and conductor Hans Kindler (1892-1949) was the principal cellist in Stokowski’s Philadelphia Orchestra; he gave recitals with Rachmaninov and Ravel, concerts with Monteux and Furtwängler: later, became a conductor.
In 1931 he had formed the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington and in 1940 they began to record. The major fruits were the third symphonies of Brahms and Tchaikovsky; but they recorded also shorter works and lighter repertoire.
Then, you can listen for the only surviving Brahms 3 conducted by Beecham (just 2 weeks after Toscanini's death): Sir Thomas was a "champion" of the Second, but he conducted only a few times 1 and 3, and never the Fourth!
Both versions are imaginative, vivid and energetic (listen to STB shouting!):
fast tempos and very flexible, unpredictable phrasing.
I don't know if these versions are on CD.
Kindle is taken from a 78rpm set; Beecham from a radio broadcast.
Two "outsiders", of course, in an enormous discography full of great readings...
But I suggest you to try :-)