Friday, May 1, 2015

More on Musical Legends Performing Together...

As you know, just a few weeks ago I wrote a blog dealing with the epic recordings of Fritz Kreisler and Sergei Rachmaninoff back in 1928.
The subject of such great soloists performing with one another crossed my path this morning; and so I thought that it would be fun to impart more of the same to you, in the event that you are not aware of the following defining performances:
There is a recording of a legendary Russian violinist named Nathan Milstein playing a  Brahms Sonata with a rather well-known pianist - his name, Vladimir Horowitz. This was recorded around mid-2oth century, and can be found. Be prepared for many discoveries!
Try to picture the following:
Leonard Bernstein, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Vladimir Horowitz, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern - all in one room; all at the same time.
This was a singular occasion celebrating the 85th year of Carnegie Hall.
Imagine  -
Bernstein conducting Beethoven;
Horowitz and Rostropovich playing Rachmaninoff;
Horowitz , Stern and Rostropovich playing Tchaikowsky;
Fischer-Dieskau singing and Horowitz playing Schumann;
Bernstein, Stern and  Menuhin doing Bach;
All of the above standing shoulder-to-shoulder singing Handel -
You can be witness by getting hold of "Concert of the Century" CD.
As for video:
How about a filmed tidbit of Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorksy and Artur Rubinstein, in Rubinstein's living room, merging in a Mendelssohn trio? Nothing at this level may ever be replicated again.
Want more? Do leave a message in "comments."



Blogger Peter Vinton said...

By all means, keep going. This is getting good!

May 5, 2015 at 1:57 PM  

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