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  Brahms: Violin Concerto - Oistrakh, Szell
  Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major

David Oistrakh (violin)
Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by mwgfrg September 27, 2010 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
One of the great Brahms Violin Concerto recordings. Not from the stately Brahmsian school, but a real technical tour de force to challenge Heifetz and Reiner. The Esoteric transfer compares very favorably to the original British and German LPs; I don't have a CD version. Very decent sound, but not world-beating (the 4.5 stars is in comparison to the originals; overall, more like 3.5). Not one of the great Esoteric transfers (see my comments on the Klemperer Das Lied Von Der Erde), but worth the price to me.

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Review by gonzostick February 5, 2011 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Expensive, and worth every cent. Yes, there is some congestion in the climaxes, but that is on the master tapes. I have owned and loved this performance in every media incarnation, including a DMM LP pressing on Electrola. Still, this is one of the great performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto and Esoteric has gotten the most out of the master tape. These performances were captured with minimalist miking, and the orchestral playing is nothing short of lovely and wonderful. Check the picture from the recording session in the disc (I also remember reading articles about the sessions by the producer in High Fidelity, 40 years ago).

I would hope the other phenomenal recordings from these sessions will be issued on SACD, also:

Brahms Double Concerto with Oistrakh and Rostropovich.

Beethoven Complete Piano Concerti with Gilels.

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Review by esotericphile July 25, 2012 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
Sheer Bliss. This is an exquisite piece of music recorded superbly. It was pricey and worth every cent. From the moment I put it on, I was electrified and carried away to my own private performance of the Brahms concerto in D. My partner, not an sacd enthusiast, was also impressed. Having heard this piece performed live and owning the pentatone version by Fischer, this version is very worthy. The violin is up front and clear with all the nuances of the soloist right in front of you. It is quite dazzling. I am a fan of the Esoteric label but this is a stand out recording compared to the rest of their catalog. I am not a classical musician and as such will refrain from commenting on the interpretation of the performance, but the sonics are excellent. If you can afford it and like the concerto I thoroughly recommend this disc. Reviewed in 2 channel stereo.

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Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77