Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romances Nos. 1 & 2 Import, Live
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Lucerne 1947: Historically, this is a touching memento 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 generous 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, his tone bright and at times shrill (as captured by the microphone) but nonetheless warm enough to listen to without wincing. His technique is adequate to the piece despite some effortful passages.
Furtwangler gives almost an identical accompaniment in both recordings, although the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in concert is 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 entirely adequate to the part, though his interpretation hasn't changed in six years. He is noticeably 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 ›
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The great combination and chemistry between Furtwangler and menuhin produced this most unique of Beethoven's masterpiece. A must for all serious collectors.
Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Romances~ Ludwig van Beethoven is a wonderfull recording of one of my favorite composers of all time. Read morePublished on July 7, 2006 by Bjorn Viberg