Sunday, November 25, 2012

Casals, Stern, Hess
"Brahms: Piano Trio no. 1" (Vinyl)

Wrapped in an indistinct packaging, these recordings from Casals' Prades Festival are always treatises on mid-century chamber music perfomances, but they're easily overlooked.  I'm not sure what Columbia's strategy was in putting these recordings out in such unremarkable (albeit matching) sleeves.

The recording technology in this era isn't great, but like any great musician, you are able to hear through the recording to hear the performance that Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals and Myra Hess deliver.

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