Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Johannes Brahms, Carlo Maria Giulini, Otto Klemperer|
Brahms: The Concerto Album
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Arrau, Fournier, Giulini, Klemperer, and Oistrakh -- at fire
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 04/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For less than the cost of a single full-price CD, EMI offers the artistry of Giulini, Fournier, Arrau, and Oistrakh. These are names to conjure with, and the results are impressive. At least one great performance has been included, Oistrakh's reading of the Brahms Violin Cto. with Klemperer, one of my great favorites since the early Sixties. As far as virtuosic playing goes, the Double Cto. with Oistrah and Fournier is luscious, and they receive an outstandingly clear, warm recording (Alceo Galliera is the more than competent conductor). High praise goes to Giulini's two Philharmonia recordings of the Tragic Over. and Haydn Var.
In other words, there's so much that's good I can overlook what I dislike, Arrau's ponderous, baggy readings of the First and Second Piano Contertos -- needless to say, Arrau fans will be thrilled. Overall, this is one of EMI's most generous three-fers, and it's a shame that nobody at amazon seems to be paying attention.