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R.D., April 2002

"Beecham and Szigeti were felicitous partners, who scaled two peaks: this patrician performance of Mendelssohn, both subtle and incisive, and the Prokofiev First Concerto, to this day nonpareil... The problem that Mark Obert-Thorn faced in his startlingly fine transfer of Brahms was the disparity of pitches from side to side on the original 78s. You'd never know, though, from the pains taken to match them."

Jed Distler, April 2002

"Here is the fourth notable CD transfer of Joseph Szigeti's great 1928 Brahms Concerto, and the second remastered by Mark Obert-Thorn... For Naxos, Obert-Thorn manages to tame the surface noise without compromising the recording's basic timbre, which was not the case in EMI's slightly overfiltered CD edition. Of Szigeti's three studio Brahms concertos, his earliest effort here presents his most technically assured, intonationally focused, and fluently phrased rendition... if you want these performances in fine sound for little moolah, Naxos can't be beat, and Tully Potter's notes are excellent too."

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