Weilerstein's Dvorak

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Rostropovich?

You are right, goofyfoot, that certain recordings by Rostropovich are not that well served (I do not wish to believe that he actually played not that well).

Anyway, from the plethora of his recordings of "his" concerto, I would opt for the best recorded (and properly served), namely with Karajan and BPO (on DG, from the 60s) or with Giulini and Philharmonia (on EMI, from the 70s). They are both very well recorded and in good balance between orchestra and soloist. In both his sound is impresive, eloquent, his tone refined and his technic impeccable. The former exists in a quite pricey SACD version, on Japanese DG.

Parla

Karajan

Thanks again Parla. It sounds as if the Japanese remaster is worth consideration given the vintage of the original source tapes and the consistent quality of Japanese remasters. I do like Karajan and the BPO though now I notice the HvK idiosyncrasies to a greater degree than I had in the past.

 

Currently I'm looking at the Analogue Productions (APO) remasters of various RCA Living Stereo recordings, especially the Heifetz concerto recordings. These start at $30.00 each plus shipping and are being released slowly over the course of the summer. Nevertheless I’ll try fitting the Rostropovich & HvK SACD into my budget somehow. If only money would grow on trees.

goofyfoot

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