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Beethoven Violin Concerto - Yehudi Menuhin, violin
Before writing this I listened to this recording, CDs I have of performances by Joseph Silverstein, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Itzhak Perlman. I also recently acquired a hi res recording of Jasha Heifetz with the Boston Symphony. Of all of them, I think the Heifetz with the Boston Symphony is way better than the rest. From a technical perspective, the soundstage/imaging is the best and it does not suffer too much from the tape noise that can come from renditions from old master tape. I did more reading about Mehuhin and it confirmed my view that this performance while technically excellent, lacked the depth and musicality of some of the other performances. I am also partial to the BSO, which may be an unfair bias. In this recording, at least on the system I have, I did not have quite as good a soundstage as with some of the others. All in all this is a good recording of a masterpiece, but it is not the best in my view.
Title: Beethoven Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61
Artist(s): Violin - Yehudi Menuhin
Conductor - Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded by EMI records 1960
Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
1. Allegro ma non troppo 23:28
2. Larghetto 10:28
3. Rondo: Allegro 10:49
Total Time: 44:45