Daniel W. Fowler | Austin TX | 03/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gathered from live performances at three concerts in the autumn of 1977, this collaboration between the 75-year old Rudolf Serkin, the 64-year old Rafael Kubelik , and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra sparkles throughout the five concertos and the choral fantasy. Kubelik and Serkin were legends with decades of masterful performances behind them. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra was one of the top orchestras in Europe. Together they combined to produce performances that crackle with intensity and passion. The orchestra stands tall, matching Serkin's riveting performance note for note. The haunting orchestral playing in the largo of the third concerto was about the best I've heard in this concerto, forming a perfect match with Serkin's playing. I love this music, and each of these excellent performances moves into my top tier of favorite performances (much better than Serkin's later and more tepid collaboration with Ozawa). Orfeo's recorded sound perfectly captured the occasion, making this an easy and enthusiastic recommendation."