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Early Concerto Recordings, Volume 2 (The Isaac Stern Collection)

Isaac Stern Audio CD
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listen  2. II. Scherzando (Allegro molto) 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegretto non troppo) 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op. 21: V. Rondo (Allegro) 6:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto No. 1 In G minor, Op. 26: I. Prelude: Allegro moderato 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concerto No. 1 In G minor, Op. 26: II. Adagio 8:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 8:18$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  3. III. Allegro, ma non tanto 7:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serenade: After Plato's "Symposium" For Solo Violin, String Orchestra, Harp And Percussion: I. Phaedrus: Pausanias 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Serenade: After Plato's "Symposium" For Solo Violin, String Orchestra, Harp And Percussion: II. Aristophanes 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Serenade: After Plato's "Symposium" For Solo Violin, String Orchestra, Harp And Percussion: III. Erixymathus 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Serenade: After Plato's "Symposium" For Solo Violin, String Orchestra, Harp And Percussion: IV. Agathon 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Serenade: After Plato's "Symposium" For Solo Violin, String Orchestra, Harp And Percussion: V. Socrates: Alcibiades10:36$1.98  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 8:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  2. II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op. 19: III. Moderato 7:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto No. 2 In G minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 63: I. Allegro moderato10:34$1.98  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Concerto No. 2 In D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 22: II. Romance. Andante non troppo 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Concerto No. 2 In D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 22: III. Finale. Allegro moderato, a la Zingara 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002716
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Concerto Collections June 17, 2003
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Both Volumes "The Early Concerto Recordings" from the Isaac Stern Collection are absolutely brilliant. If these recordings were released today by Sony there would be two concertos per disc, they would come in some lavish original jacket packaging, and cost a small fortune. As is (they were released by CBS in 1990), they are packaged as two three-CD sets at a mid-line price. Granted the product is without a lot of bells and whistles, though Stern's anecdotes in the liner notes about the recordings are insightful and enjoyable, but who needs added fluff when the music is this good.

The concertos, recorded in the mid-to-late 1940s and early-to-mid 1950s, are either in high quality mono or early golden age stereo. On Volume Two the recording dates are as follows: Lalo 1956, Bruch 1956, Saraste 1946, Sibelius 1951, Bernstein 1956, Saint-Saens 1957, Prokofiev No. 1 1958, Prokofiev No. 2 1957, and Wienawski 1946. (Please note that a few of these very same performances appear in the "Isaac Stern-A Life in Music" series.) Though Stern later re-recorded many of these concertos, it is delightful to hear these earlier versions when he was still establishing himself as one of the world's great violinists. Those looking for a definitive disc of a given concerto may want to start with titles in his "A Life in Music" series, but for Stern-lovers out there (like me), these discs are pure gold.
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This 3-CD set, one of the first instalments of the great Isaac Stern Collection, reissues some of the violinists earliest concerto recordings, made between 1946 (Wieniawski's 2nd Concerto and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen) and 1958 (Prokofiev's First Concerto). In fact the Wieniawski was Stern's first Concerto recording (March 27 1946), while the Sarasate (under Franz Waxman) was actually recorded, a few months later, for the film "Humoresque" with Joan Crawford and John Garfield, directed by Jean Negulesco. I'll concentrate my comments on the Prokofiev and Sibelius Concertos, as these were my main reason to buy this set and remain, for me, its main interest (Bernstein's Serenade might have been also, but I already had that same recording in another and preferable, all-Bernstein Japanese Sony set).

Stern must be the violinist who made the most recordings of Prokofiev's two Violin Concertos: three in all. Ruggiero Ricci made two, Perlman three (and the last one is in fact a live recording) but only of the second Concerto, and likewise those who made more than one (Szigeti, Heifetz, Kogan, Szeryng...) made them only of one of the two Concertos. I haven't heard Stern's last essay, with Mehta in 1982 (Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2), but the second recording, made in 1963 with Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, is considered the "classic" account - and justifiably so: it is indeed a superb reading (see my review of Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2).

Still, I retain a soft tooth for these earlier recordings, both with the New York Philharmonic.
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