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The Great Violin Concertos / Yehudi Menuhin

Release Date: 07/05/1991 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67310   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Christian FerrasYehudi Menuhin
Conductor:  Yehudi MenuhinConstantin SilvestriEfrem KurtzRudolf Kempe,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival OrchestraVienna Philharmonic OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Menuhin's Bach Double Concerto rightly dominated the catalog during the '60s, and the Brahms demonstrates his nobility of line at its most impressive.

Admirers of Sir Yehudi Menuhin will be pleased to have this compilation of his early stereo recordings of the major violin concertos (omitting the Tchaikovsky, which was never a Menuhin speciality). I have always enjoyed his version of the Bach Double Concerto with Christian Ferras; it rightly dominated the catalogue throughout the 1960s, and the spirited baroque vitality of the performance, plus a beautifully judged central Largo, give great satisfaction. Moreover, it demonstrates what a good sound balance Peter Andry and Neville Boyling could achieve in London's
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The Brahms is even better. The ambience of the Grünewald Kirche, Berlin conveys a fine body of tone to the Berlin Philharmonic and is flattering to the soloist. The performance is quite marvellous, demonstrating Menuhin's nobility of line at its most impressive: the reading has breadth, humanity and spontaneity. The Mozart concertos are freshly straightforward and animated, never indulgent, though I would not enthuse about the Franko cadenzas in K216. The Beethoven reading is not quite so memorable as Menuhin's earlier 1954 mono account with Furtwangler, and the recording is less flattering to his timbre, which sounds thin. However, this is undoubtedly the finest of his three stereo versions of this work. The Bruch and Mendelssohn were again balanced by Neville Boyling: the Bruch in Kingsway Hall in 1956, the Mendelssohn in Abbey Road Studio No. I in 1958. Both project vividly. Menuhin is in first-class form and Kurtz sparkles to match his soloist in the finale of the latter work. On CD the recording, always very brightly lit on LP, seems excessively brilliant and I found the forwardly balanced solo line tiring on the ear.

– Gramophone [11/1991]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christian Ferras (Violin), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Notes: Cadenza: Franko 
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
Written: 1775 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Grünewald Kirche, Berlin 
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 

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 I'm Not Qualified To Do This November 9, 2014 By Peter S. (ESQUIMALT, BC) See All My Reviews "All the pieces on this record are a delight. The Mendelssohn is ravishing." Report Abuse
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