Notes and Editorial Reviews
The air on Mt. Olympus must have been something like that in Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche when, in September 1969, the threesome of Richter, Oistrakh and Rostropovich joined Herbert von Karajan for this majestic recording of Beethoven’s underrated Triple Concerto. That there could have been such a meeting of the minds in this gathering of greats is difficult to believe, until one remembers that the three soloists were frequent collaborators who all spoke the same musical language, and after years in the trenches knew each other and their conductor very well.
As one would expect, the solo work of the three Russians is brilliant and deeply musical. But just as delightful is the way they adjust from solo to ensemble roles and
play together, with perfect unanimity, in the duet and trio passages. Karajan and the Berliners provide a monumental accompaniment, weighty, powerful, and rich in tone. The recording, one of the best from EMI in this venue, has been remastered in exemplary fashion and is impressively detailed and vivid. – Ted Libbey, author of
The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Originally released on EMI Classics CDM 69032. Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano),
Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello),
David Oistrakh (Violin)
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1969
Venue: Christ Church, Berlin, Germany
Length: 36 Minutes 30 Secs.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
David Oistrakh (Violin),
Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Written: 1887; Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1969
Venue: Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
Length: 33 Minutes 29 Secs.
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