Szigeti and Schnabel: Beethoven at the Frick Museum
I've scoured the internet looking for a cd of these performances, and I cannot find one. There are mp3 downloads, but I cannot find a CD. So I'm going to post the FLAC versions of the restorations I did from LP.
These performances have long been points of reference for me and many others, among Szigeti's own recordings, and for the works in general. The co-operation between the artists is more sympathetic and satisfying, I find, than in the earlier complete set Szigeti did with Arrau in 1944. The recorded sound is not as good, though it suffers only from fairly unobjectionable distortion here and there, but the performances are at the very top in the pantheon of Beethoven chamber music recordings. For my money, the slow movement of the Op. 96 is peerless.
I grew up listening to records -- shellac and vinyl -- and the sound of a needle tracking the grooves of an old LP is still deeply comforting to me -- a sound from childhood, like the fan of the hot air furnace coming on. However turntables are now relatively scarce, and we are becoming less tolerant of noise from the medium the music is stored on, so putting up renovated files of what I consider choice, but neglected performances, seemed a good way to spend some time. There are several thousand LPs in the house, a lot of them not re-issued on CD, some of them performances of real importance. If you like something, post a comment. I'd love to hear from you.
Everything posted here is in my personal collection on LPs or 78rpm records, and any restoration to the file is done by me. I do not post anything from CDs.