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Beethoven: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra; Schumann: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Jascha Horenstein
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra; Schumann: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra
Genre: Classical
 
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Warm Beethoven
Brian H. Williams | Manteca, CA United States | 07/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A splendid performance by concertmaster Erich Gruenberg and maestro Horenstein in audiophile sonics! Gruenberg is the concertmaster of several leading British orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and the London Symphony. This performance came about through an aborted performance by a solist who could not finish the recording, so it was decided to let the concertmaster perform the concerto. Gruenberg has a very warm sweet tone, in the Oistrakh and Francescatti mode. Horenstein's accompaniment is sensitive and supportive, filled with stength and tenderness. The Schumann doesn't sound as bright as the Beethoven, in terms of sonics. Frager's touch is soft and firm, filled with drive and emotion. People may find Helene Grimaud version more exciting, but it's hard to beat Frager and Horenstein for warmth."