Great Performances from the Library of Congress
Fanfare: Best of Year
Following up the best selling success of Nathan Milstein's 1946 Library of Congress Recital (BRIDGE 9064) is this first release of one of the legendary violinist's small number of concerts at the Library- a 1953 recital with pianist Artur Balsam. The program consists of three of the great masterpieces from the violin repertoire- Beethoven's "Spring Sonata", Bach's Partita in D Minor, and Brahms's Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108.
The historic release is made possible through a new co-production agreement between The Library of Congress and Bridge Records, and is the fourth volume of the series "Great Performances from The Library of Congress". Featured on this disc are a majestic and intensely played performance of Bach's Chaconne, and an elegantly phrased "Spring Sonata", and a Brahms D Minor Sonata rendered with passion and style. Hear why so many critics rate Milstein as one of the greatest violinists of our century!
“The recital’s combination of authoritative Beethoven, majestic Bach, and impassioned Brahms provides sixty-seven minutes and twenty-two seconds of perhaps the greatest violin playing ever recorded. I would unhesitatingly submit this recording in support of my contention that Milstein was the greatest violinist of our time.” - Fanfare