Recommended Recording of the Week
It has been far too long since I had last listened to this disc. What a pleasure it was to hear again! There are so many fine renditions of Brahms' Symphonies that it is almost impossible to pick a few favorites. However, this would have to be at the top of my list. At the time of this recording, the Houston Symphony Orchestra trombone section was Allen Barnhill (principal), John McCroskey (co-principal) and David Waters (bass). I was still in school and can remember vividly the HSO's live performances of Brahms' Third Symphony around the time of the recording sessions. Christoph Eschenbach's interpretation is fresh and exciting. The HSO trombone section is one of my favorites to listen to when it comes to Brahms.
Unfortunately, this recording seems to be out of print. But it is not too difficult to find in the Amazon Marketplace. As a matter of fact, it looks like you could currently pick up the whole set of Eschenbach/HSO Brahms' Symphonies for about $6 - $10. That's quite a deal!
A few other Brahms Symphony No. 3 favorite recordings...
I still have the Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra recording of Brahm's Third Symphony on vinyl! Like I said earlier, there are far too many fine recordings of the Brahms Symphonies to list. These are just a few that I return to often.