Beethoven: Violin Concertos; Bach: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 - Chaconne

Beethoven: Violin Concertos; Bach: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 - Chaconne

by Henryk Szeryng
     
 
Is this 1959 live recording by Henryk Szeryng with Otto Klemperer leading the Philharmonia Orchestra the best recording of Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" ever made? Not likely: what with recordings by every great violinist from Heifetz to Grumiaux still available, the competition is simply

Overview

Is this 1959 live recording by Henryk Szeryng with Otto Klemperer leading the Philharmonia Orchestra the best recording of Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" ever made? Not likely: what with recordings by every great violinist from Heifetz to Grumiaux still available, the competition is simply too stiff. But still, one could make a convincing argument that the Szeryng/Klemperer is at least as good as the best recording. Szeryng, one of the great postwar violinists, performs with unfailing sweetness of tone, unmatched strength of technique, and a dedication that passes affection and heads straight for love. Klemperer, one of the great postwar conductors, performs with a sympathy and an intensity that gives Szeryng an unwavering base and the work a tremendous power. The Philharmonia, one of the greatest if not the greatest English orchestra of all time, performs like it is participating in a miracle and immensely enjoying it. The bonus of Szeryng alone performing the "Chaconne" from Bach's "Partita in D minor" is a transcendent encore. Testament's remastered sound is honest and warm and real.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
Label:
Testament Uk
UPC:
0749677135324
catalogNumber:
1353

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Otto Klemperer  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Henryk Szeryng
  2. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henryk Szeryng

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