He was welcome in any concert hall in the world, but Maurice Abravanel (1903-93) spent 30 years in Salt Lake City, and the Utah Symphony accordingly became a world-class ensemble. Like the other albums we offer from Silverline Classics, each of these two-sided discs contains a superb performance in CD stereo on one side. Flip the disc over, and the other side presents the album in remastered sound for your DVD player, with additional video featurettes on the conductor and the music.
On the heels of his first symphony, Brahms worked with uncommon speed, swiftly completing his Symphony No. 2. By the time he finished his Symphony No. 3, Brahms was perhaps at his creative peak, which is easy to discern in these compelling performances by Abravanel.