A thematically-appropriate (and highly celebratory) musical selection for those looking back on a recent (or forward to an impending) graduation:
The particular version I’m featuring here (led by Sir Georg Solti) nosed out a Klemperer setting (which I find too slow), a Bernstein one (which I find too insane), a Muti version (which sounds like it’s being played through cotton balls), and a Davis attempt (which features too much unexpected singing). Among others. (Also, the Beardless Brahms fascinated me.)
I seriously considered this version, given the fame and suavity of its conductor. He’s hilariously stiff and has literally no idea what’s going on in there tempo-wise, but he looks like he’s having a ton of fun. So I’m adding it as an after-thought.
Speaking of after-thoughts, this little piece came up in the “Suggested” side-bar while I was “researching” the various AF recordings available on YouTube. Naturally, because it’s an overture. And once you’ve heard one overture, you’ve heard them all, right?