"This is a truly remarkable document of an ever-questing musician...whose final recordings are as noble, as understanding and as true as one could wish to hear." www.musicweb.uk.net
"The performance is outgoing, lyrical, often scintillating in its freedom of rhythm." Audio Audition
"The concert hall balance, without spotlighting, is ideal for Brahms, the sound full-bodied with glorious strings, and with much greater weight and impact than on LP." Gramophone
"The Brahms is warm and lovely, but in no way is it sloppy or indulgently romantic." American Record Guide
"...flexible, responsive and superbly mobile music making...marked by clarity and precision...precise articulation and a strongly lyrical impulse...the balancing is well nigh perfect." www.musicweb.uk.net
Made in April 1977, the month of Stokowski's 95th birthday, the Brahms recording was followed by the Mendelssohn in May-June, representing the final touches to an extraordinary recorded legacy. Both recordings were made with a hand-picked orchestra of the cream of London's orchestral musicians.