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The present recording, a milestone among the multitude of televised recordings made in they heyday of analogue recording technique,
The balance engineers achieved a remarkable feat when documenting this epoch-making work, for this recording is certainly one of the very best to come from Deutsche Grammophon in the Sixties
The Cello Concerto is significantly placed in Dvorak's output; it represents the last of his three solo concertos and at the same time the last work which the composer produced during his three-year stay in America as Director of the National Conservatory in New York.
The "Kreisleriana is Schumann's self-portrait in tone. And what a self-portrait! It is at least three persons in one: Johannes Kreisler, Clara Wieck and Schumann himself.
Opinions differ as to whether Mahlerís Ninth is a work filled with world-weariness and the pain of leave-taking or whether it is Ė more strictly speaking Ė a piece of absolute music.
The debut recording by the Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich took the public by storm all over the world wherever she plays it is her remarkably strong personality, her phenomenal keyboard technique and her unusual musicality that fascinates the audience.
Milsteinís tremendous virtuosity, particularly in the fiendishly difficult final movements of Tchaikovskyís and Mendelssohnís concertos, takes both works to new heights
Mendelssohnís Symphonies nos. 4 and 5 were composed within a short period of time and the highly individual form of the movements are proof positive of the young geniusís never-ending source of ideas.
The title alone "Quartet for the end of time" and the fact that it was composed in 1940, when war was raging, give one an inkling of the ominous background to the writing of this piece of music.
In spite of the varying degrees of popularity of Mozartís numerous piano concertos, no one would seriously consider ranking them by quality. It would certainly prove an impossible task, for each and every one of these intense yet often playful compositions could be considered the most perfect of its genre.