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Playing by both Serkin and Orchestra are emotional and inspired. Very entertaining.
Serkin was frequently on "most preferred recording" lists back in the 60's-70's. He record both Brahms concerti with both Ormandy and Szell and both were notable, but the Szell was preferred (at least by me) because Columbia's stereo recording techniques had much improved by 1966 and this is shown in this HDTT transfer most brilliantly. Serkin's Brahms was preferred back then over Gilels & Richter (mentioned in the program notes). As I recall the three recordings for which he was most noted at the time were the two Brahms with Szell and the Beethoven "Emperor" with Bernstein. I am very pleased to have this entry from HDTT's ever expanding and impressive catalog.
Artist(s): Piano - Rudolf Serkin
Conductor - George Szell The Cleveland Orchestra
Orchestra - The Cleveland Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded by Columbia Records January 21-22, 1966 at Severance Hall, Cleveland
Producer – Paul Myers
1 Allegro Non Troppo 17:05
2 Allegro Appassionato 8:36
3 Andante 12:36
4 Allegretto Grazioso 9:36