Herbert von Karajan Beethoven Triple Concerto XRCD24
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Audiophile XRCD24 Mastered from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes!
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Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto, was composed in 1803 and later published in 1804 under Breitkopf & Härtel. The choice of the three solo instruments effectively makes this a concerto for piano trio and the only concerto Beethoven ever wrote for more than one solo instrument.
"EMI producer Peter Andry and audio engineer Allen Stagg made the recording at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, in 1969. They captured a wide dynamic range, so wide, in fact, that the opening passage may tempt you to turn up the gain. Don’t. The volume soon rises startlingly, along with some solid transient impact. Instrument separation is excellent, transparency in the somewhat robustly thick midrange is nevertheless quite good, and depth and air are more than adequate." - John J. Puccio, Classical Candor
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It has been claimed that the Triple Concerto was written for Beethoven's royal pupil, the Archduke Rudolf (Rudolf von Habsburg-Lothringen). The Archduke, who became an accomplished pianist and composer under Beethoven's tutelage, was only in his mid-teens at this time, and it seems plausible that Beethoven's strategy was to create a showy but relatively easy piano part that would be backed up by two more mature and skilled soloists. However, there is no record of Rudolf ever performing the work—it was not publicly premiered until 1808, at the summer "Augarten" concerts in Vienna—and when it came to be published, the concerto bore a dedication to a different patron: Prince Lobkowitz (Franz Joseph Maximilian Fürst von Lobkowitz).
Herbert von Karajan was an Austrian orchestra and opera conductor. To the wider world he was perhaps most famously associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, of which he was principal conductor for 35 years. He is generally considered to have been one of the greatest conductors of all time, and he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the 1960s until his passing. Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime. By one estimate he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.
"The three soloists perform to the utmost level, and neither of them try to hog the musical spotlight. Plus Karajan gives them just right support with the Philharmonic. One aspect that probably aids a positive judgement is the excellent remastering done by Resonance Recordings and JVC’s xrcd-production people on the original EMI tapes. The first two pages of the booklet notes in the bound-book CD album lay out the many complex steps in the customized xrcd24 mastering process. The icing-on-the-cake here is that no special player or converter is required to hear the enhanced fidelity of this CD, which has been down-sampled to the same 44.1K/16-bit format as all CDs." - John Sunier, audaud.com, 4.5 Stars!
Recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, on 15-17 September 1969.
• Mastered from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes!
• Superior Audiophile XRCD24
• XRCD24 is a standard "Red Book" CD and can be enjoyed on any CD player
David Oistrakh, violin
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
|Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
|Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
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