The Triple Concerto is slightly problematic Beethoven. Balance is difficult, for a start. The material is attractive but rather four-square, not Beethoven at his best. It needs a little special pleading, and that is exactly what it gets here from these wonderful Russian musicians. Karajan's orchestral contribution is good, not overblown as sometimes he could be, and it sets the scene well for the assured, beautifully phrased, lyrical, energetic playing of Oistrakh, Rostropovich and Richter. This was Radio 3's 'First Choice' on CD Review fairly recently, and it is easy to see why. The Brahms, a work I prefer though again a slightly problematic one, is every bit is good, and I like Szell's leaner orchestral approach. This is a truly wonderful CD and I cannot recommend it highly enough.