- Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich, David Oistrakh
- Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra
- Conductor: Herbert von Karajan, George Szell
- Composer: Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven
- Audio CD (5 Oct. 1998)
- SPARS Code: ADD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000024399
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Brahms: Double Concerto Original recording remastered
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The Brahm's Double is also a beautiful piece but in this case, it has a very hard act to follow.
As performances, both of these recordings are great enough to be genuinely included in the previous listing of Great Recordings of the Century. That version is still available. The Beethoven in particular has all the benefits and none of the possible disadvantages of putting together such a starry and high profile cast and hoping for inspiration to strike. On this occasion this performance has moved into the 'definitive' category for many collectors.
The Brahms is a more forthright performance as a result of the change of conductor. The recording too is more forthright. This is a very energetic and virile performance. There are gentler ways of doing this work which some may prefer - an example on CD being that with Oistrakh and Fournier with Galliera on an EMI 'twofer' coupling which also includes an excellent earlier version of the Beethoven as well, although not so modern as a recording (good stereo from 1956-8). A favourite DVD of the Brahms, in excellent sound and vision, is available with Batiashvili and Mork with Rattle and the BPO coupled with Brahms 4 and the Parsifal overture of Wagner.
This current CD in its remastered form is certainly deserving of its high reputation and, as such, also deserves to be given serious consideration by potential purchasers looking for either an 'only' version of both works or as a comparative version.
From the very first note you are aware of the passionate authority of the piece, both in its composition and in the empathy of the musicians. It's a piece which inspires you with its sense of humanity - its feel for the grandeur of life and human achievement, its exploration of your own emotional portfolio.
Beethoven's greatness, I feel, lies in his ability to inspire you with epic, universalist chords and themes which enrich you with a sense of connection, with a sense of love of life and optimism for the potential of the human condition ... and then he pens passages of near silence, delicate little melodies which touch your heart and rediscover your own, deeply personal emotions. Beethoven combines the personal with the politico-philosophical in a unique and inspiring fashion ... and a recording in 1969 seems to be suited to the era.
The recording? Taking such musical giants as Oistrakh, Rostropovich, Richter, and Karajan, and giving them the opportunity to craft their art together is an exercise which stands as a tribute to the professionalism and artistic integrity of each. All had spoken of their desire to capture the music as Beethoven intended. Their search for authenticity produces a stimulating exploration of the 'Triple' and a musical balance and rapport which other recordings do not equal.Read more ›
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This recording of Beethoven's Triple Concerto is what set me on the path to becoming a professional musician. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. Matthew J. King
Probably the finest recording of the Triple Concerto. This beautiful under-performed and under-rated work is a must for any serious music collection. Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. Ward
Good music, great recording.
First heard this music back in the 1970, good then still is now.
If you are a fan of Beethoven, you will not go wrong with this CD.
Two great performances of two great works. A classic disc for anyones record shelf. Although now a somewhat elderly recording one forgets on listening.Published on 27 Nov. 2012 by Harold Parsons
Karajan with Richter, Oistrakh and Rostropovich in Beethoven's Triple Concerto.
It's not the most inspired work by his hand, but if you are going to play it - this is the way! Read more
I bought this CD for the Brahms Concerto. For many years I have owned a recording of it with Josef Suk and André Navarra that I love dearly but it is on a battered old LP... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2011 by hans molenaar
This is the benchmark for the triple concerto, the main reason to buy this CD. Others have done a fine job, but the solidity, grace, power of persuasion and energy of this one are,... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2011 by Carno Polo
Very satisfying performances with both the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan and the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell with all soloists outstanding.Published on 26 July 2010 by Mr. Ronald Harbach
I have owned this recording since it first came out and I wore out two LP's. I am not Karajan's greatest fan but here he is in the repertoire he does best and he has three... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2008 by Mr. David E. Freedman