Different points of View March 26, 2012By Roger F. (Brixham, Devon)See All My Reviews"Richter was unhappy with the performance of it> Karajan was delighted with it. Rostropovich played gloriously in it. Oistrakh just got on with it. The Berlin Philharmonic made too big a sound for it> The record company made a huge profit with it. The "it" refers of course to the Tripple Concerto, released yet again in this format coupling with Brahms' Double concerto op. 102 with Szell and his Cleveland Orchestra. The Brahms concerto is recorded in better sound than Karajan's berliners, a fact which the german maestro would surely have disaproved of. But just as one shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition, as in the last one, so sometimes these things happen. If you don't know the Tripple concerto, this is as good a performance as any to get you started, and the star-spangled cast really ought to have made it a winner. Unfortunately, the recorded sound is of its age, forty years or more and counting, and although the soloists play well as individuals, somehow they don't really work as a team. It's as if they jostle for competing egos, with Karajan's the largest. Ah well, that's life sometimes. But the Brahms performance is a delight to my ears, with superb playing by all, and masterly discipline from George Szell and his orchestra. The disc is worth buying for that alone. Happy listening! "Report Abuse
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