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Serge Prokofiev: The Violin Concertos / Die Violinkonzerte


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Audio CD, October 25, 1990
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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Serge Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000E2NL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: I. Andantino
2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: II. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
3. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: III. Finale. Moderato
4. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: Allegro Moderato
5. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: Andante Assai
6. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: Allegro Ben Marcato

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helena Dolphin on January 28, 2006
Shlomo Mintz shows in these two concertos that he is undoubtedly one of the greatest violinists of our time; his flawless technique and his magical and intense performances move deeply and put him "At the top of the Olympus", as a reviewer of the NRC Handelsblad (main Dutch newspaper) once wrote. Mr. Mintz won the prestigious Edison Award for this recording. I highly recommend this CD to everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Is Everything on September 1, 2009
One of Shlomo Mintz' early recordings, this is also one of his very best. Recorded in 1984 in early digital, with the Chicago Symphony in top form and a deeply sympathetic Claudio Abbado on the podium, this may be the finest recording of Prokofiev's violin concerti to date, though there may be better recordings of individual concerti. Mintz is playful, spontaneous yet always in control, lyrical, and often most profound in the most obscure passages. His playing is endlessly colorful, while the Chicago Symphony's accompaniment is uncannily accurate and exciting. Best of all, Mintz and Abbado display a remarkable feel for the vast differences between the first concerto (an early opus 19) and the second (a much later opus 63). One warning: The first issue of this recording had a manufacturing flaw; the material used for the top of the disc can discolor and "carbonize" over time, but so far the playing surface is fine. Later reissues of the disc do not have this problem. All things considered, this is an excellent recording and the best place to start experiencing Prokofiev's violin concerti. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ho J. Kim on January 22, 2010
Shlomo Mintz's Prokofievs with CSO/Abaddo is the best in the market today.

Mintz's amazing bow technique and tone is the perfect match for these pieces.

Of course, CSO's amazing support.

Itzhak Perlman has some great prokofievs, but Mintz is superior.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jt52 on December 16, 2014
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This recording represents an unusual interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's two violin concerti, the first a magical conception, full of the emotion of youth, written in 1917 when the composer was all of 26 years old, and the 2nd, more mature and stately, but with Prokofiev's exceptional melodic skills fully apparent, written in 1935, just before the composer's disastrous, seemingly insane decision to return to Soviet Russia. Two master musicians, Claudio Abbado and Shlomo Mintz, collaborated with the Chicago Symphony to produce a softer, gentler Prokofiev, one that emphasizes the music's sensuousness and poise rather than its energy and sizzle.

The disc is worth hearing for the two magical final minutes of the opening Andantino in the 1st concerto alone. It's played delicately, hushed, the ethereal textures melting away, an effect which is also mirrored in the work's conclusion. The central Andante from the 2nd concerto also receives an especially wonderful performance, done more quickly than normal. Themes and structural logic are tied together seamlessly, but with a beautiful sensuousness that joins the surface beauty of the sound to the memorable central melody. The second theme of this Andante, with even notes played by the solo violin in 9/8, usually strikes me as mawkish so it's interesting to hear how Mintz and Abbado allow it to blend unobtrusively and convincingly into the bordering sections dominated by the gorgeous main melody. The 2nd concerto's finale, with its rough-hewn triple-stops, is also taken more gently and more slowly than usual but it works well, maybe surprisingly.

From 1984, the recording was made in the early days of digital but is better than you'd think from the date.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Bynum on January 22, 2012
Serge Prokofiev

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2

Shlomo Mintz - Violin
Claudio Abbado
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

(Deutsche Grammophon - digital - 1984)

This version beats all others. This deserves a Sixth Star.
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