Monday, April 26, 2010

Two Giants Who Made Only ONE Recording...

In 1950, two of the most powerful musicians in the world came together to make one recording. They chose the third Sonata of Johannes Brahms.
They were good friends, born only months apart, in Mother Russia.
Both of these great musicians did not especially like Brahms that much - both professed publicly that they pretty much shied away from recording the great composer, as they much preferred the offerings of the other great composers. Actually, the violinist decried the way Brahms wrote in Concerto form. And even though the pianist recorded very little Brahms, his legendary recording of the "B" flat Concerto with his father-in-law Arturo Toscanini is considered of the truly history-making concerto recordings of the twentieth century.
These two men, thankfully, collaborate here in a riveting reading of a composer they generally preferred not to perform in public.
The pianist is Vladimir Horowitz, arguably the most powerful pianistic entity of the twentieth century.
The violinist is Nathan Milstein, a violinist who, sadly, is not given as much recognition today as he deserves - actually, he was, during his career, a violinist at the same level as Heifetz and Kreisler, and one only needs to listen to the recordings available in order to know that he was indeed a giant among other giants of the violin.
What a shame that these two did not record more than this one most revealing document...

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