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5.0 out of 5 stars Thibaud, Casals, Cortot: Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert, 27 Jan 2012
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These recordings have been well cleaned up, even if unavoidably at the expense of the highest frequencies. The sound recording level, though, is a little on the low side. The overall effect is impressive for recordings from the 1920s.

However, prospective purchasers may be in for a shock. This style of playing has now completely disappeared: nobody, anywhere, plays like this any more. As a result, these recordings make the pieces sound utterly different: different in phrasing, dynamics, and use of rubato and portamento; and, indeed, in the entire approach to these pieces.

This effect will sound weird to some people, but to others (maybe the older amongst us) it will be a glimpse of a vanished, forgotten world, where emotion and feeling (or, if you like, sentimentality) were at least as important as technique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The old are the best, 30 Aug 2011
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Exquisite is the only word I can give to describe the performance of this wonderful piece of music from 80+ years ago. It may sound it's age, which is not surprising, but that does not detract from it's beauty. A posthumus round of applause to all three performers for a magical recording. If you are too old to own the original 78s then you must obtain this CD. The transfer is top drawer, well done to all at Naxos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 July 2014
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Excellent.
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