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Bach: Violin Concertos; Chaconne
Johann Sebastian Bach, George Enescu, Pierre Monteux
Bach: Violin Concertos; Chaconne
Genre: Classical
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Beautiful music, poor sound quality
Zedster | Tucson, AZ United States | 12/30/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"There is no doubt that Menuhin is a virtuoso. However, the recording quality of this work is very poor by today's standards. If you are specifically interested in Bach or Menuhin, I would recomend this recording; if clarity of sound interests you, one should look elsewhere."
The Young Menuhin in All His Glory
shantinik | 07/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These were all recorded when Menuhin was between ages 15-19. The Bach Double was done at age 15 with his teacher, the great Georges Enescu. It will take you about three minutes to get past the 1930s recording quality to appreciate the musicianship here. This one, though, is not for those who like "period recordings" -- this one is unabashedly modern, in a 1930s kind of way. Still, appreciate it for what it is, rather than for what it is not."
Menuhin: an Artist like no other!
Brucknerian2006 | florida, USA | 08/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a marvelous recording, for it captures the greatness that was Menuhin. It is mono, yet for those of us who actually listen to the performance not the sound discrepancies, this is a recording not to be missed. This recording introduced me to the sound of Menuhin, and his Bach interpretation is truly something beautiful, at once full of pathos and the structural clarity so needed in playing Bach. I do not share the above review that the Chaconne is uninspired, and while it may be romantically realized this does not detract but merely adds to its uniqueness. Our century is all about period instruments and fidelity to the score or the manner of the time, this is something relatively new in the history of music performance and should BY NO MEANS BE CONSIDERED DOGMA. That being said I praise the greatness of Bach (that Double Concerto is truly something beautiful and ethereal) and the mighty talent of Menuhin, and thank God for the chance to hear them both.

Those of us who are not artists should watch our tongues. Who are you, who does not create or invent, to pass judgement on those who are above us all in the realm of Artistic construction?