Searching around for more Jacobs recordings led me to the Arnold Jacobs: Portrait of an Artist and Arnold Jacobs: Legacy of an Artist albums. These are MUST OWN albums, not only for the commentary on his teaching philosophies and research, but also for the fine playing excerpts each contain. An excerpt of the Nielsen Fourth Symphony led me to Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony, which led me to the Blomstedt/SFSO recording of Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis and Mathis der Maler, as well as the Michael Tilson Thomas/SFSO Mahler cycle. Track 24, an excerpt from Bruckner's Fourth Symphony led me to the New York Philharmonic, and eventually the Mahler cycle with Leonard Bernstein. A recording of the New York Philharmonic playing Holst led to the iconic Charles Duthoit/Montreal Symphony recording of The Planets. Jacobs' recording of the Strauss First Horn Concerto led me to a Dennis Brain solo recording, which introduced me to the Mozart Horn Concertos, which led me to Barry Tuckwell. The brass quintet tracks led me to recordings by the Center City Brass Quintet, the Stockholm Chamber Brass, the German Brass, and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/London Brass.
I hope that each of you can find that special recording for yourself. When I start to wonder if it's all worth it, one play of that CSO/Solti Mahler 5 usually brings me back to a good place. If I can ever be of any help, let me know!!!!