Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

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Painting by Alex Katsenelson

I wanted to share with you probably the most unique performance ever recorded (other than Rachmaninoff playing Rachmaninoff): Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.  I don’t like to use the term “best” when I describe musicians, for several reasons: first, I am not really an authority, able to determine who the best is.  Second, even “the best” are not best at playing their entire repertoire.  And finally, music is not a sport where success is objectively measured in seconds or score counts.

By the time you become a recording professional musician you are good, but there is something that is unique (and maybe there is even a little bit of randomness) that makes you into what I call a musical giant.  This concerto is performed by four giants of classical music: Herbert Von Karajan – conductor, Sviatoslav Richter – piano, David Oistrakh – violin, and Mstislav Rostropovich – cello.   Listen.  Enjoy!

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  • Herb Steiner says:

    How about chamber music, an acquired taste, but very rewarding? A great pleasure to hear the fusion of individual lines into a magnificent musical stew. Mendelssohn’s Octet, Schubert’s opus 163 two cello quintet, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock for soprano, clarinet and piano (Serkin, Valente and Wright), Mozarts quintets, Brahms sextets and quintets, Dvorak’s opus 96 (subtitled “The American quartet), Brahms piano trios. The list goes on as does the pleasure.

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