Of course, Kreisler, the great Austrian violinist, and Rachmaninoff, the legendary Russian pianist and composer, have left us with many unforgettable examples of their gifts. as soloists.
However, some of you may not be aware of a handful of recordings they produced as a duo in 1928 at the Camden recording studios. Even though they had met back in, I believe, 1903, it took a quarter of a century for them to decide on recording works for piano and violin by such masters as Beethoven, Schubert and Grieg.
Kreisler's golden sounds and Rachmaninoff's unique coolness form a language that can never be replicated, in their recordings of music for these two instruments. Very often, great soloists who perform chamber music simply overpower the intent of the music by way of the hubris naturally attached to any great soloist. This is not the case with these two giants, who form a chemistry that is beyond traditional expectation. Do listen this to Miracle.
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