Two friends, virtuosos without peer, get together in their living rooms to perform music by some of their favorite composers. Beethoven. Haydn. Rosza. Turin. Not for money or fame. For their friends. For each other. One day, they decide to put their favorite collaborations down on tape. Impex Records proudly presents an LP and SACD of the same uncompromising sonic and production standards of the artists themselves: Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts.
The SACD, mastered from analog master tapes by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus and rendered uncompressed to DSD, is a testament to the verisimilitude of the recording engineers, the artists and the superiority of Sony’s Super Audio Compact Disc format. Details emerge from a tightly focused soundstage. Sonority is precise and natural. On the orchestral pieces by Haydn and Miklos Rosza addorning side 2, the tone is creamy and melifluous. All in all, these are uncanny recordings of a profound musical event, deep in emotion and the ties of friendship. Be one of a fortunate few who will possess the rewards of such an unmatched musical friendship.
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 1
1. 1st Movement, Allegro
2. 2nd Movement, Adagio cantabile
3. 3rd Movement, Allegro assai
4. 4th Movement, Finale: Presto
Haydn (orchestrated by Ingolf Dahl): Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra
5. 1st movement, Adagio
6. 2nd Movement, Menuet
7. 3rd Movement, Allegro di molto
Rosza: Tema con Variazioni (for Violin, Cello and Orchestra)
8. Turina: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello
Of all the complaints from music lovers about reissues, far and away the most repeated grievance is that the reissue labels churn out the same titles over and over again. How many copies of Kind of Blue do record buyers want or need? While sales figures belie the desire for more obscure repertoire, there is little question that first-time reissues of quality material are rare. Well, here is such a rarity — a debut reissue of well-recorded, remarkable music that sounds far better than ever before. Impex has met this challenge with a record of mostly classical chamber music, which usually appeals to a pretty rarified market of music lovers. - DENNIS DAVIS – THEAUDIOBEAT.COM, AUGUST 29, 2016