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Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Menuhin, Et Al

Release Date: 05/04/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66990   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Furtwangler and Edwin Fischer formed a long artistic partnership, and their glorious recording of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto bears witness to a remarkable meeting of musical minds. Furtwangler and Menuhin enjoyed a similar close rapport, and Menuhin's support for his older colleague was no small factor in Furtwangler's musical rehabilitation during the late 1940s after he had remained active in Nazi Germany. They recorded the Beethoven Concerto on two occasions, and this second version, made in 1953, shares with the Fischer/ Furtwãngler Emperor an extraordinary quality of spirituality and profundity. At once Furtwangler's conducting of the opening tutti has a magnificently arresting, weighty quality, and Menuhin's response, Read more profound and rich in recreative imagination shows the two great artists in perfect accord. Their account of this movement is on the largest scale, yet they convey Beethoven's vision in a very humane, approachable fashion. The slow movement has a highly concentrated yet serene character, with Menuhin's rapt, singing tone achieving rare eloquence, and the finale is superbly balanced, with an affecting sense of a shared, joyful experience.

[In the Mendelssohn] Menuhin and Furtwangler float the first movement in an unhurriedly serene, elegantly shaped fashion. In the slow movement they achieve a touchingly tender, almost innocent quality and the finale, taken at a moderate tempo, has lightness and an appealingly eager, singleminded character. Two very different works are here illuminated in appropriately contrasting fashion by two great artists."

-- Gramophone [10/1989] review of EMI 69799
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1953 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 44 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1952 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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