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Posted October 1, 2010
This may turn out to be my favorite recordings of these two concerti (I already have three recordings of each), particularly the Brahms, in which there is some exquisite and enchanting playing. If you are in the market for recordings of these two old warhorses, as least give this disc a listen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This recording has to be among the greatest bargains in the classical music repertoire. Seraphim has generously packaged two of Nathan Milstein's established performances in clean, crisp sound. Don't let the $5 price tag mislead you. This is not one of those "cookie cutter" performances relegated to the bargain bin or discount shelf. This recording is the "real deal".
Milstein is reknown for his technical precision and well executed craftsmanship. Each note is successfully phrased, and there are few miscues. To this listener, the Brahms is played with great verve and inspiration, perhaps with a bit more bravura than the Tchaikovsky, although the Canzonetta has rarely been more skillfully performed. Overall, both works have been warmly recorded and can be highly recommended on the most essential list for first time listeners. If you are desiring only one recording of these two concerti, make it this one. It surpasses even the hyped Heifetz recordings of both works with Reiner.
Posted July 15, 2011
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