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Half Repackaged MusikMarch 17 2005
Michael Brad Richman
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Format: Audio CD
After praising DG/Universal for their new "Musik...Sprache der Welt" series in a recent review, I must now criticize them for once again repackaging previously released, widely available product. The account of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, performed by soloist Sviatoslav Richter with conductor Kurt Sanderling leading the Vienna Symphony, is truly remarkable. However, this 1962 stereo recording has already been featured on at least two other DG releases -- a recent import title in the "DG Originals" series (see my review) and an old "Musikfest" title that paired it with his famous Schumann PC reading. In fairness, the 1956 mono performance of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony, with Sanderling this time leading the Leningrad Philharmonic, is making its CD debut. It is indeed a great historical reading, but surely there was a rarer gem hidden in the DG vaults to pair it with than this Richter 3rd.