9 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1969, three Russian instrumentalist giants recorded together for the first time. Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist David Oistrakh, and pianist Sviatoslav Richter spent three mid-September days at the Jesus-Christ-Church Dahlem with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and their maestro, Herbert van Karajan, to record Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C Major (a.k.a. the Triple Concerto). Karajan had recorded with Oistrakh and Rostropovich separately prior to this occasion. Rostropovich had been the soloist when Richter conducted his first symphony in 1952, and peers Oistrakh and Richter were influences on one another. So the interplay among the three early in the first ”Allegro” movement is a lesson in performance empathy, while the orchestra quietly glistens in the opening measures of the “Largo” movement. During the lively yet dignified “Rondo Alla Polacca” final movement, the brotherhood of all three men plus von Karajan encapsulates the spirit of the sessions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1969, three Russian instrumentalist giants recorded together for the first time. Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, violinist David Oistrakh, and pianist Sviatoslav Richter spent three mid-September days at the Jesus-Christ-Church Dahlem with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and their maestro, Herbert van Karajan, to record Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C Major (a.k.a. the Triple Concerto). Karajan had recorded with Oistrakh and Rostropovich separately prior to this occasion. Rostropovich had been the soloist when Richter conducted his first symphony in 1952, and peers Oistrakh and Richter were influences on one another. So the interplay among the three early in the first ”Allegro” movement is a lesson in performance empathy, while the orchestra quietly glistens in the opening measures of the “Largo” movement. During the lively yet dignified “Rondo Alla Polacca” final movement, the brotherhood of all three men plus von Karajan encapsulates the spirit of the sessions.

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