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Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Brahms: Double Concerto (CD, Mar-
1999, EMI Classics) Reissued, Remastered
Among the concertos of Beethoven and Brahms, these two have always been stepchildren. One reason is their extreme difficulty; both composers were pianists, so Beethoven wrote an idiomatic part only for the piano. Brahms’s friend Joseph Joachim offered advice for the violin concerto, but not for the Double Concerto, which was written as a peace offering after a falling-out. The Beethoven Triple Concerto demands utmost virtuosity, as well as intimate teamwork among the soloists, and that is exactly what these three supreme masters of their instruments bring to it. Free–indeed unaware–of technical problems, they give it a joyful, sparkling lightness. The piano ripples, the cello sings gorgeously, the violin soars ecstatically, the tone is intoxicatingly beautiful. The Finale is wistful, charming, lyrical, gently humorous; the ending is a big joke, with the cello and piano rumbling in the bass, while the violin whistles forlornly in the dark until they all join together. The Brahms is grand, majestic, dreamy, radiant, triumphant; the slow movement warm as dark velvet, the Finale genial and relaxed. Though the orchestra never covers the soloists, it explodes in the tutti passages, especially in the Beethoven, so you might keep a finger on the volume control.
- Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major (“Triple Concerto”), Op. 56 – Ludwig van Beethoven – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Herbert von Karajan – David Oistrakh – Sviatoslav Richter – Mstislav Rostropovich
- Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor (“Double”), Op. 102 – Johannes Brahms – George Szell – Cleveland Orchestra – David Oistrakh – Sviatoslav Richter – Mstislav Rostropovich
|Number of Discs||1|
|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 4.94 x 0.45 inches|
|Item Weight||0.21 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||5.6 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches|
|Package Weight||0.2 pounds|
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