Amadeus Quartet, Aronowitz, Badura-Skoda, Barenboim, Barylli Quartet, Beethoven, Borodin, Brahms, Domenico Scarlatti, Dvorak, Edith Farnadi, Erich Weiss, Franz Bartosek, Franz Holeschek, Franz Koch, Franz Schmidt, Glinka, Haskil, Haydn, Henry Swoboda, Janacek, Jörg Demus, Leopold Wlach, Martinu, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Respighi, Richard Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Schumann, Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet, Walter Barylli
Label : Westminster
Format : Flac (image + cue)
Cover : Yes
If you’re a lover of chamber music then you can’t do any better than this amazing 59 CD set. The overall price is steep but it averages out to be less than $5 per CD. Couple that with the truly legendary performances offered here and you have an incredible bargain that will not be around for long. The Westminster record label (1949-1965) was justly famous for it’s “Natural Balance” recorded sound which was primarily the combined effort of producer Dr. Kurt List and engineer Karl Wohlleitner. Centered in Vienna, they had access to some of the finest chamber musicians in the world through the city’s various orchestras. They were also able to spot up and coming talent like conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim and guitarist/lutenist Julian Bream. During the 1950s they were unrivalled in their chamber music output both in quantity and quality. This set, manufactured in Korea, contains several of those performances.