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Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 / Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64)
Yehudi Menuhin and Wilhelm Furtwängler, born a generation apart and separated by a world at war, were nonetheless musical and philosophical soulmates. Their recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, made seven years afte... more »
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Yehudi Menuhin and Wilhelm Furtwängler, born a generation apart and separated by a world at war, were nonetheless musical and philosophical soulmates. Their recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, made seven years after they first met, is one of the treasures of the EMI archive, a testament to a bygone era of spontaneous and deeply subjective music-making. There is a nobility to the reading that has never been equaled, an unforced passion that would be difficult for any of today's musicians to duplicate. The monaural recording is remarkably fine, with satisfying depth and abundant detail. --Ted Libbey
A very moving collaboration between Menuhin and Furtwangler.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very moving collaboration between a jewish violinist and a german conductor. Menuhin took up the cause of Furtwangler who was maligned because of aledged nazi sympathies. I have not heard a better performance of the Beethoven concerto with the possible exception of Fritz Kreisler in 1926 and Perlman. Menuhin uses the cadenza's of Kreisler as does Perlman. The slow movement in the Beethoven is as beautiful as can be imagined and the sound although mono is a good sound. The Mendelssohn concerto although I have heard better performances ie Kriesler and Heifetz is still very elegant. I strongly recommend this disc.Jim Troy."