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BRAHMS: Double Concerto / Violin Sonata No. 3 / BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 5 (Milstein) (1950-51)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig vanBrahms, Johannes
Artist(s)
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertos
Catalogue 8.111051
Label Naxos Historical
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Although, from all accounts Nathan Milstein, Vladimir Horowitz and Gregor Piatigorsky made up a potent trio, no one thought of bringing them together in the recording studio. This Naxos re-issue gives us Milstein’s only studio collaboration with Horowitz, a superb interpretation of Brahms’ greatest violin sonata, and his only recording of the work. Milstein’s sole recording with Piatigorsky, of Brahms’ Double Concerto, is a powerful performance, excellently supported by the Hungarian maestro Freitz Reiner. The rare 1950 recording of Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, which appeared only in America on 45rpm and an early LP, is even more spontaneous than the acclaimed stereo version.


   




Review By ,Scherzo,May 2007


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Review By Geoff Bennett,Limelight Magazine,December 2006

Although Milstein, Horowitz and Piatigorsky played as a trio, their performances were never recorded, which makes these collaborations all the more special. In the Brahms Sonata No.3, his only studio recording with Horowitz, Milstein seems to be lifted by his partners illuminating contribution. According to Milstein's memoirs, he didn't care much for Brahms's music, saying he only made this recording of the Double Concerto out of respect for Piatigorsky. The great cellist's performance is engrossing from the outset and their collaboration is often electrifying, with an alert accompaniment from Fritz Reiner and the Philadelphia Orchestra (for contractual reasons using their 1951 summer festival name of The Robin Hood Dell Orchestra). There's a certain dryness and stridency to

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