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Arthur Nikisch 1855-1922

September 13, 2011

The first recording of Beethoven’s 5th ever was made by Arthur Nikisch in 1913. Johannes Brahms, who died in 1897 praised Nikisch’s performance of his Fourth Symphony as "quite exemplary, it’s impossible to hear it any better." (wikipedia).

I always pictured Brahms as an “a long long time ago”-person. But apparently he praised the performance of a conductor who was later able to make a recording, which is now available on youtube. Listening to this I feel a chill down my spine. I think it’s the wings of history.

What makes it even more exciting to me is that Nikisch was a close friend of my grandfather’s aunt and her husband, and he was a regular visitor at their home in Leipzig.

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One comment

  1. Beethoven’s 5th has always been my favorite. You can’t listen to this piece and not get a chill down your spine! It was like God gave us a glimpse into the music of heaven.



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