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Brahms Violin Concerto

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The other Brahms thread was getting a bit long, and I wanted to focus a bit on the his violin concerto.

I currently own two versions:

- Anne Sophie Mutter’s with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic
- Gidon Kremer with Leonard Berntsein and the Wiener Philharmoniker

Mutter's is clearly the better of the two, but I'd like to explore others.

Thoughts / comments? What is your favorite version of one of the greatest (if not the greatest) violin concerto?

As a side note, the Bernstein CD also has the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello. It is quite nice!

Lastly, happy holidays all!
post #2 of 13
The Heifetz/Reiner on RCA (in sacd) is one of the genuine classics of all time, and for many of us, unsurpassable. If you don't mind mono, the Milstein/Steinberg on EMI is fanstastic, too.
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Brahms Violin Concerto

The Oistrakh and Haifetz versions are ofen regarded as the best
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The Oistrakh and Haifetz versions are ofen regarded as the best
Supposedly so, but I really like the Mutter/Masur.
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i own about 10 versions of the brahms violin concerto. not sure which is my favorite. the mutter as mentioned is very good. i also like the shaham, hahn, vengerov, and perlman.
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my favorites are Milstein, Szeryng, and Morini in that order. Great piece, used to be my favorite violin concerto... until I had to perform it one semester
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the heifetz version is very lovely. i tried milstien's interpretation but it just didn't seem as good.
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i own about 10 versions of the brahms violin concerto. not sure which is my favorite. the mutter as mentioned is very good. i also like the shaham, hahn, vengerov, and perlman.
I have Mullova, Bell, two Mutters, Fischer, Oistrakh, Neveu, Hahn, Kogan. I'm surprised I couldn't find Perlman and Vengerov in my collection. Maybe I haven't ripped them into my library yet... To be honest, it's one hell of a feat to listen to every single one of them and decide which one is the best.

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my favorites are Milstein, Szeryng, and Morini in that order. Great piece, used to be my favorite violin concerto... until I had to perform it one semester
Nice. How did you find it? It is both musically and technically challenging!
post #9 of 13
Definately Isaac Stern\Zubin Mehta\New York Phil.
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I have Mullova, Bell, two Mutters, Fischer, Oistrakh, Neveu, Hahn, Kogan. I'm surprised I couldn't find Perlman and Vengerov in my collection. Maybe I haven't ripped them into my library yet... To be honest, it's one hell of a feat to listen to every single one of them and decide which one is the best.
i agree. there are so many recordings of the work and it is such a great work, why choose. here are the vengerov and perlman, i was referring to.



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The Heifetz/Reiner on RCA (in sacd) is one of the genuine classics of all time, and for many of us, unsurpassable. If you don't mind mono, the Milstein/Steinberg on EMI is fanstastic, too.
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The Oistrakh version is truly transcendent... My favorite version, even if not as clean as others mentioned
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The Heifetz/Reiner on RCA (in sacd) is one of the genuine classics of all time, and for many of us, unsurpassable. If you don't mind mono, the Milstein/Steinberg on EMI is fanstastic, too.
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