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Bbc Legends, Vol. 3

Bbc Legends, Vol. 3

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This third 20-album box brings together more of the greatest performances taken from the BBC archives which were featured in the best-selling series BBC Legends, launched in 1998. The collection features classic recordings by stellar artists, including Sir John Barbirolli, Karl Böhm, Benjamin Britten, Emil Gilels, Jascha Horenstein, Eugen Jochum, Sena Jurinac, Wilhelm Kempff, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rudolf Serkin, Leopold Stokowski, Evgeny Svetlanov, Klaus Tennstedt and many more. Reviews of the BBC Legends series when it was released in 1998 were outstanding: ‘The high standard of musical performances in these releases is mirrored in their scrupulous documentation and presentation... the engineering and sound of these recordings, despite their ages, is uniformly clear and sympathetic. The result is an unqualified success.’ (Gramophone Magazine)


The sound quality of the historical recordings is consistently excellent to good and varies depending on the mono/stereo criteria or the respective recording time and place. Particularly noteworthy right from the start is Schubert's Symphony No. 2, conducted with exuberance by Karl Böhm. It is a virtually flawless rendition. 85 at the time of the concert, Pierre Monteux's Beethoven "Eroica" astounds with its muscular, roughened, yet transparent rendition that, to our ears, can still be considered the epitome of a modern reading more than 60 years later. The CD with Shura Cherkassky is also highly noteworthy. In Tchaikovsky's famous Piano Concerto No. 1, he dispenses with brutally pounding key attacks, instead relying on crackling elegance, clear architecture, and a well-balanced dynamic balance in relation to the overall work.

-- Merker Online (Germany)

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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 20
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    • Label: ICA Classics
    • UPC/Barcode: 5060244551671
    • Item Number: ICAB5167