Friday, January 22, 2010
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.
Link to FLAC and MP3 files
(sorry, no cd inserts with this one)