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Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Karajan


Release Date: 03/26/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 6787052   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav RostropovichDavid OistrakhSviatoslav Richter
Conductor:  George SzellHerbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  George Szell
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 32 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 36 Minutes 38 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Different points of View  March 26, 2012 By 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! "
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