It’s a Los Angeles Philharmonic recording of the Brahms fourth symphony and no-one’s quite sure this morning where to find it because physically it does not exist.
Under the antediluvian terms of the orchestra’s collective bargaining agreement, the performance could not be released on disc without triggering heavy payments to the players. Neither Deutsche Grammophon nor the Philharmonic thought this was a profitable proposition, so they released it on iTunes only. As a consequence, it received hardly any reviews and sits out there in the cyberworld, deprived of cover art, awaiting your attention.
I’m waiting to hear if a deal will be stuck to allow a physical release now the Grammys have earned it all this free promo. Will keep you posted. Meantime, mant congrats to Gustavo and my friends in the LA Phil – and a special one to producer Chris Alder, whose ninth Grammy this is.