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Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria
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Another Success by Menuhin. September 6, 2012
By Richard Buckley (Oakmont, PA) See All My Reviews
"Yehudi Menuhin was a violinist that I grew up listening to when I was a kid. He, Nathan Milstein and David Oistrakh were my favorites. I must admit at the start that my favorite was Oistrakh, but they all produced wonderful music. Menuhin was quite prolific, signing a contract with EMI in 1931 which he maintained until his untimely death in 1999. Perhaps none of his output was any better than the present offering.
This was the only violin concerto that Beethoven ever wrote, which is surprising considering the abundance of music crafted by him. The concerto and the two romances included are favorites of mine, and Menuhin handles them gracefully and expertly in his usual inimitable style. The concerto has gained great popularity due somewhat to its elegant depth and touch in the first two movements compared to its pace and liveliness in the finale. Again, Menuhin satisfies the soul with his touching rendition of this piece and the Romances that follow.
As I have mentioned in other reviews, I never fail to be in awe of the fact that EMI could possibly produce this series featuring the world's most outstanding artists, the highest quality of sound and the ridiculously low price. My hat is off to them for making them so available to music lovers everywhere.