"Each of the two men is entirely aware of the other’s nuances and phrasing, and their intimate understanding of one another’s ideas leads to some sublime moments of delicacy... The playful interaction of the violin and piano sounds as natural as human conversation, yet a balanced, thoughtful approach is always in evidence – the performance is always tasteful and, even behind the element of risk which is part of every live performance, there is a feeling of musical security that can only arise from a real and absolute understanding of the music."- MusicWeb International, 2001
"In the Beethoven cycle they have had no peers", writes Tully Potter in his notes to this quite wonderful release. Adolf Busch and Rudolf Serkin gave many recitals in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and from these recitals no less than six Beethoven sonata performances survive as recordings.
Of these six, two have seen previous release, but the other four have not and thus the complete set has never been brought together until now. This fabulous release is the result of a three-way collaboration between Mark Obert-Thorn in the USA, Tully Potter in the UK and Dr. Jürgen Scharwachter at the Busch Brothers Archive in Germany, and is surely set to be one of the outstanding Pristine releases of recent years.