Wouldn't George Szell be surprised to know that the composer he considered "the greatest of the purely Romantic composers" was not great?! (The other "purely" romantic composers were Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms).
I don't feel that this type of pop-musicology does Brahms any good at all. His music should speak, not frantic hype that forgets the existence of Handel, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner and others who don't need to stand in the shadow of Dr. Wright's opinions.
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