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Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Heifetz, Munch


Release Date: 09/14/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 61391   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

These classic recordings need little comment from me on artistic grounds. Heifetz's account of the Mendelssohn never has been bettered for sheer dazzling virtuosity, and although the Beethoven is more controversial (some find it "cold"), I love its unaffected, truly classical purity. Besides, you also get Munch and the Boston Symphony, no mean bonus. It's interesting to compare the two performances in multichannel sound, since the Beethoven is two-track, while the Mendelssohn offers three. I have to say that I greatly prefer both regular stereo and the two-track SACD, which place Heifetz more naturally on the soundstage. In the
Read more Mendelssohn, he's too prominently in the center channel, and some of the more involving interaction between soloist and orchestra (in the finale, primarily) suffers as a result. This may all sound different on other equipment, of course, but what isn't in dispute is the excellence of the performances themselves.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1955 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 37 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2/1959 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 24 Minutes 01 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Warm Virtuostic Performances October 30, 2016 By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "This might be your last chance to get these marvelous performances in SACD. Since Sony acquired RCA all of those wonderful Living Stereo recordings in their SACD remasterings have gone out of production. But if you don't have an SACD player then you can get these in (the same 2004 remastering) CD format in a box set of CDs for $23- (see my review from 6-25-15). In either format highly recommended." Report Abuse
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