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post #1 of 10
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I have greatly admired Mendelssohns Violin Concerto in e minor for sometime.  I specifically love the 1959 Heifetz version with Munch conducting the Boston Symphony. I would like to hear from others as to versions they have heard and admired.

 

Thanks 

post #2 of 10

same  :) I've yet to hear the kogan, francescatti, rabin, etc. renditions mainly b/c I haven't been in the classical mood swing specifically for the concerto for a few months. Love that 3rd movement. 

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You mention Kogan, Francescatti, and Rabin, would you know what label they are on and if they are available to download in Flac?

Also I have heard the McDuffie version on Telarc CD 80507 with Swenson conducting the SCO is good? Penguin Guide gives it a 3*** Rossette rating.

Regarding the Heifetz version. Yes he really drives home the finale.

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Originally Posted by HayU View Post

You mention Kogan, Francescatti, and Rabin, would you know what label they are on and if they are available to download in Flac?

Also I have heard the McDuffie version on Telarc CD 80507 with Swenson conducting the SCO is good? Penguin Guide gives it a 3*** Rossette rating.

Regarding the Heifetz version. Yes he really drives home the finale.

Ah sorry about the mentioning of names- was for youtube. I'm not sure where I'd find the rest for uncompressed audio (besides buying the CD's and burning). 

McDuffie is a new person for me to listen to :) thanks, though I'm not sure what Penguin Guide is.

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Hi there Penguin guide is a rather large volume book listing major Classical recordings and rating them on a subjective scale. I have found it a good resource to find well produced quality cd's. I have the 2010 version and as far as I know it is in book form only. They have a website. www.penguin.com

 

regards

Larry Young

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Originally Posted by HayU View Post

Hi there Penguin guide is a rather large volume book listing major Classical recordings and rating them on a subjective scale. I have found it a good resource to find well produced quality cd's. I have the 2010 version and as far as I know it is in book form only. They have a website. www.penguin.com

 

regards

Larry Young

Thanks Larry, will check it out!

post #7 of 10

one of thing which I find interesting about the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is that it is a rare work that seems to be played slower and slower with the passing years. Take for example three of Francescatti recordings I have heard, between the first with Szell and the last (and my favourite) with Dorati there is a full three minutes difference.

 

Personally what I look for in this Concerto is a soloist that wears their hearth on their sleeve, and that has a beatiful, sweet singing tone throughout. Vengerov achieves that wonderfully in his Teldec recording with Masur/Leipzig. Pity that the orchestra does not quite sound as beautiful as he does. Other recordings I like are Kogan with the USSR State Simphony, Oistrach/Leipzig and the Francescatti/Dorati I mentioned above.

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Heifetz FTW
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Personally what I look for in this Concerto is a soloist that wears their heart on their sleeve, and that has a beatiful, sweet singing tone throughout.

 

You're describing Menhuin with Furtwangler.

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You're describing Menhuin with Furtwangler.

I may indeed! Had a quick listen to the first movement and was very impressed, thanks for the tip! Pity for the muffled orchestra sound, but Menuhin is recorded well enough...

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