David Oistrakh (violin), Sviatoslav Knushevitsky (cello) & Lev Oborin (piano)
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Extensive booklet with notes on each work by Ate?s Orga.
A must-have for lovers of chamber music.
‘Oistrakh plays with the authority we know so well, Knushevitsky, who has a part of predominant importance and sometimes of great difficulty, mostly plays beautifully, and Oborin is excellent. The ensemble of the soloists is superbly good.’ Gramophone reviewing the Beethoven Triple Concerto conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent in 1959
For a quarter of a century from its foundation in 1940, the Oistrakh Trio was the premiere ensemble of its kind in the Soviet Union. All three members were close friends, having trained and studied together during the Stalin years.
They blossomed in the comparatively more relaxed Khrushchev period, championing the great Austro-German and Slavonic repertoire for piano trio.
Never afraid to speak out against injustices in the USSR, they championed composers who were suffering under the oppressive regime – hence the movement from Shebalin’s Trio included on this set. The recordings date from 1947 to 1958, and capture this extraordinary group of musicians at the top of their game.
“The performances… are rarely hurried and have a "coiled spring" intensity about them… I doubt that there's a more voluptuous account in existence of Brahms's great Trio in B major.”
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