Monday, March 12, 2012

Stern, Rampal, Rostropovich
"Haydn: London Trios nos. 1-4"

This looks (from the outset) like a project that sold a lot of recordings for CBS Masterworks. Combining the reputation of three of the 20th century's most popular performers on one recording certainly couldn't be a bad thing...
That being said, perhaps Isaac, Mstislav and Jean-Pierre loved reading together all the time. Perhaps this is old news.

The recording is beautiful, and it's great to hear these performers in a more intimate environment rather than screaming away in front of an orchestra.

Isaac Stern isn't one of my favorite violinists, but he seems to relax here and share the joy of music-making with his compatriots.

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