Beethoven Violin concerto

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Beethoven Violin concerto

Which recording(s) of the Beethoven Violin concerto do you like? I have a wonderful recording with Yehudi Menuhin and Leipzig Gewandhaus conducted by  Kurt Masur. Absolutely sublime.

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I still have a soft spot for the old Menuhin/Furtwangler, the underrated Suk/Boult, Perlman/Giulini and, latterly, the Zehetmair/Bruggen.

Never heard of the Menuhin/Masur.

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It´s a vinyl, EMI-Angel DS-37890. It´s a digital recording so it should have been avaiable on CD. Recorded 1983. Couldn´t find it on Amazon, though. Also noted that Menuhin made several recordings of this concerto.

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Menuhin indeed recorded this concerto many times. There's a version I particularly like, from the 60's I think, in which Menuhin is accompanied by the VPO under Constantin Silvestri. I have it on LP and it's a stereo recording, but I'm not sure whether it's been transferred to CD yet.   

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If you can find it there is a Japanese DVD with David Oistrakh and the LSO conducted by Sir Adrian Boult at the RAH in 1968 (B&W). In color there is an EMI DVD with Nathan Milstein and the LPO conducted by Boult at the RFH in 1972. Both, especially the Oistrakh, are worth hearing (and watching). On CD I like Suk/Boult on EMI and Heifetz/Toscanini on Naxos, the latter for its brilliance and speed - nothing spiritual there.

Bliss
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I am very glad that Oistrach came to the fore. As for the violin part, he was the great master of this concert. The one with Clytens in a classic. I hope somebody may defend Kogan too. From the more modern ones, I always like Mutter for the beauty and solidity of the tone, while Zehetmair has the rest.

For the brilliance of the orchestra (in much better recordings - the CD, SACD or DVD are...products and, unfortunately they should be judged by the production values), I found the german views more superlative and closer to the essence of the work (Karajan, Masur for instance).

Finally, with all due respect to the Violin Concert of Beethoven, I haven't seen - so far - anyone intersted in any great (or not) work of Chamber Music, (Beethoven's String Quartets, Violin and Cello Sonatas as well as his Piano Trios are subjects for endless discussions). By the way, I  have initiated a thread with the topic "Anyone intersted in Chamber Music" and, to my dismay, nobady seems to have the slightest interest. It's pity, the subject is absorbingly fascinating... Anyway, we'll see...

Parla

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Menuhin did indeed record this great work many times, with Furtwangler, Klemperer, Silvestri and Masur. I would say that he was at his best with Furtwangler. There is their famous Lucerne performance, as well as the EMI studio one (coupled with a fine account of the Mendelssohn). However, for me, their September 1947 Berlin performance tops the lot. It is sublime beyond words. As far as I know, it is only available as part of the superb Audite box of Furtwangler's post war RIAS recordings.

GWP

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GWP wrote:

Menuhin did indeed record this great work many times, with Furtwangler, Klemperer, Silvestri and Masur. I would say that he was at his best with Furtwangler. There is their famous Lucerne performance, as well as the EMI studio one (coupled with a fine account of the Mendelssohn). However, for me, their September 1947 Berlin performance tops the lot. It is sublime beyond words. As far as I know, it is only available as part of the superb Audite box of Furtwangler's post war RIAS recordings.

 

This is very interesting, I deeply love this work, but no-one ever mentions my favourites, Krebbers and Hubermann.

I have looked for this recording and as you say it only seems to be available as part of the Audite box at about £50.  I wish I was a little richer.  I see they have released a lovely audiophile vinyl edition of the set at £200, but it is only a selection and of the Beethoven it contains only symphonies.

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Has there ever been a better Violin Concerto than Beethoven's. I think not. Zimmermann with tate is excellent, slow and symphonic at times. A wonderful blend. Tetzlaff with Zinman is excellent to. Haven't heard Faust with Abbado yet.

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Grumiaux with Alceo Galliera [as opposed to the later version with Colin Davis] has always been my yardstick. Purity of tone but fire and grit when required. For me, Grumiaux has always been the greatest violinist I have ever heard.

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Personally I have never heard a pefromance that surpassed Wolfgang Schneiderhan with Jochum on DG. There is something about the playing that I feel speaks to the great simple beauty of Beethoven's finest compositions. By that I do not mean simple as lacking complexity - I just think Beethoven's greatest music is disarming - it is all about integrity. To this I would add Chung in a live recording with Tennstedt, which again speaks to Beethoven the 'plain speaker'.

Naupilus

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