BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 / Abbado 4317902

[one of "The definite 100 classical CDs"]
The big tune in the finale, which Karajan used to build up to like a firework climax, rose organically and almost imperceptibly out of the preceding texture. I was enraptured by the performance and later by the recording. More than just a fresh take on Bahms, this was a Brahms for our times.