In the 1950s and 60s, CBS/Columbia (now Sony Classical) had the great fortune to have three of America's best orchestras and their conductors on their recording roster -- Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. Nearly a half-century later, only Leonard Bernstein remains a name that even the non-classical music world knows. But in the world of the compact disc, this is a wonderful thing, because while Leonard Bernstein analog stereo recordings sell at mid-price, classic performances by Ormandy and Szell are regulated to the budget line. Well, my friends there is justice in the world because the vast majority of these "budget line" recordings are not only amazing, but some are still considered definitive more than 40 years later! One such definitive performance is this Ormandy recording of Brahms' Violin Concerto with Isaac Stern. Some felt (wrongly in my opinion) that Stern did not have the virtuosity of a Heifitz or a Menuhin, but Stern always played with such wonderful emotion and phrasing that it made up for any other supposed shortcomings. This recording is a classic example of Stern's style and with an outstanding performance of the Double Concerto tossed in as well, it becomes an essential disc. Never did something of such high quality come at such a small price. Enjoy!