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Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos Original recording remastered
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To sum up, if you cannot stand even the slightest imperfections in performance, then this might not be for you; I suggest Heifetz's recording. But if you don't mind the occasional slip as long as it is worth the spiritual wisdom you gain, then this is unbeatable.
Lucerne 1947: Historically, this is a touching momento of Menuhin's decision to appear with Furtwangler soon after the war, at a time when the conductor's de-Nazification was slow and painful. Menuhin's gesture helped to rehabilitate Furtwangler in circles that had condemned him, and this Beethoven concerto performance shows how musically sympathetic the two artists were. Menuhin is placed far forward in Lucerne, his tone bright and at times shrill but nonetheless warm enough to listen to without wincing. His technique is adequate to the piece but no more.
Furtwangler gives almost an identical accompaniment in both recordings, although the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is notably less polished than the Philharmonia in the studio. Sonics are good radio mono. Tempos are the same in both recordings except for the slow movement, which is 2 min. slower in Lucerne. Menuhin opens the finale firmly and in tune.
1953 London: This studio recording is in quite good mono for its day, and the Philharmonia sounds especially warm and inviting. One notes a metallic edge in both orchestra and soloist at loud volumes (I haven't heard the latest remastering, which might have solved this problem). Menuhin's technique is no longer adequate to the part, though his interpretation hasn't changed in six years. He is quite out of tune beginning the finale, with gravelly tone on the G string. In both performances his approach is cautious rather than free and rhapsodic.Read more ›
This is a lovely rendition, a bit more detached than the earlier Luzerne collaboration of these two great artists, perhaps less passionate but with a compensating spiritual depth. Menuhin may not have been the virtuoso he was 7 years earlier, but he still had most of his technique and sound intact. Yes, there are intonation problems, especially in the opening of the first movement. But we are a far distance from the Menuhin who sounded like he was struggling, with persistent intonation, bowing and phrasing problems and a tone which sounded increasing frayed. He might not be here the incandescent light he had been; but he was still a major artist with a deep spiritual insight into this piece and enough technique to bring it off.
Furtwanger, of course, is marvellous.Read more ›
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Menuhin made two studio recordings of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Furtwängler, and this one, from April 7 & 8, 1953 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, all but eclipsed the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Discophage
This must be taken with the 1947 recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto althouth I would prefer the earlier one. Read morePublished on July 2, 2009 by Mr. Michael Lynch
The thirteenth-century poet Rumi wrote that "the voice of the violin is the sound of the opening gate of paradise. Read morePublished on October 11, 2005 by Robin Friedman
I have more records of Menuhin than you could dream of a music fan! I have every single recording he did from 1928 Ries La Capricciosa to the latest recordings of concerti in the... Read morePublished on December 31, 2004 by Adam
This is certainly a good recording of the Beethoven, and Furt's accompaniment is at times nothing short of stunning. Read morePublished on August 3, 2004 by LP
Well, Mr. Adam from Sidney and Mr. Williams from Manteca, I'm really disappointed with both of you, especially if you supposed to be the classical music experts! Read morePublished on July 11, 2004
Many classical fans have lauded this recording. I bought Menuhin's recording with Efrem Kurtz. The performance that EMI has hailed as one of the great recordings of the century. Read morePublished on January 13, 2004 by Brian H. Williams
A friend lent me this cd, people keep buying Menuhin recordings from any date and mostly are dissappointed with his bad intonation, loss of livelyness and "fire". Read morePublished on December 31, 2003 by Mr Adam