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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Franz Schubert/Ludwig van Beethoven – “Trout”-Quintet/Piano Quartet (Budapest String Quartet)

All thanks for this gem go to Lemarquis
The Budapest String Quartet for over thirty years was reguarded as simply “the” string quartet. For over a decade they were the string quartet in residence at the Library of Congress. They used Strads from the Library’s collection. They performed the entire Beethoven cycle every year they were there. All these performances were recorded. The 1952 performances were released on columbia from those cycles. This stereo really captures the sound of the instruments.
The “Trout” is a lovely piece, the warmth of the sound is present, but what counts is the life and energy and thought that seem to have gone into every bar. The variety of dynamics and texture, the adjustments of pacing bespeak a total commitment to the music here, and it’s just harrowing in places. The lyrical gestures are fleeting, and the obsessive drive of the faster passages, contrasted with the eerie character of the slower ones is just gripping. It’s just an outstanding recording.

Composer: Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Budapest String Quartet, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Julius Levine, Joseph Roisman, Boris Kroyt, Mischa Schneider
Vinyl 1950(1963)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR 13
Size: 1.22 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Elektra/Nonesuch) Horszowski Plays Mozart, Schumann, Chopin

front-small-boxset Many thanks Trottar for this beautiful rarity
Incredible: what you are listening to is the perfect playing of a 95 years old grandmaster.
Mieczyslaw Horszowski lived to the age of 101 and enjoyed the longest career in the history of the performing arts. He never achieved, or aspired to, the notoriety of his friends Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz. But in his last decade, he became something of a cult figure, his performances and recordings sought out by those curious about this last link to the Golden Age of Piano Playing, and those simply wondering whether someone so elderly could still move his fingers.

Composer: Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Mieczyslaw Horszowski
Vinyl (1988)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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