Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Sérénade mélancolique; Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Sérénade mélancolique; Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

by Arthur Grumiaux
     
 

Because he lacked too many of the qualities that the public considers necessary in a great violinist, Arthur Grumiaux is not revered as one of the twentieth century's great violinists. He lacked the edgy tone. He lacked the juicy vibrato. He lacked the fiery interpretation. In a word, he lacked the personality. All of which is too bad because Grumiaux was indubitably…  See more details below

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Because he lacked too many of the qualities that the public considers necessary in a great violinist, Arthur Grumiaux is not revered as one of the twentieth century's great violinists. He lacked the edgy tone. He lacked the juicy vibrato. He lacked the fiery interpretation. In a word, he lacked the personality. All of which is too bad because Grumiaux was indubitably one of the twentieth century's great violinists because, as these recordings prove, he possessed all the qualities that the connoisseurs consider necessary in a great violinist. He possessed the perfect tone. He possessed the pure vibrato. He possessed the lofty interpretation. In a word, he possessed the musicality. Listen to Grumiaux's 1975 recording of Tchaikovsky's "Concerto" with Jan Krenz conducting the New Philharmonia. Listen to his graceful not sappy playing and his emotional not sentimental interpretation. Listen to Grumiaux's 1973 recording of Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" with Heinz Wallberg conducting the New Philharmonia. Listen to his soulful not schmaltzy playing and his expressive not oppressive interpretation. Decide for yourself. Is this not a violinist of the very highest order? Is this not one of the twentieth century's great violinists? PentaTone's remastering of Philips' superlative stereo originals is as honest and real and true as the finest recordings ever made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Pentatone
UPC:
0827949011764
catalogNumber:
5186117
Rank:
274809

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Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Arthur Grumiaux  - Jan Krenz  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  2. Sérénade mélancolique, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in B minor, Op. 26  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Arthur Grumiaux  - Jan Krenz  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  3. Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46  - Max Bruch  - Arthur Grumiaux  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Heinz Wallberg

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