Beethoven - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra - Wolfgang Schneiderhan - Eugen Jochum
Ludwig van Beethoven - Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin) and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eugen Jochum
1 LP, standard sleeve
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33 RPM
Size : 12'’
Record Press : Pallas
Label : Speakers Corner
Original Label : Deutsche Grammophon
Recording: May and July 1962 at the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin by Günter Hermanns
Production: Wolfgang Lohse
Originally released in 1963
Side A : 1st Movement: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Side B :
1. 2nd Movement: Larghetto
2. 3rd Movement: Rondo: Allegro
Beethoven’s only violin concerto is certainly one of the most lovely works ever written for this instrument. The symphonically conceived work is admired for its highly lyrical and expressive character and as such belongs in the repertory of all great violinists. Numerous performances, often all too sentimental or exaggerated, are available on record – but this Deutsche Grammophon production from 1962 is a refreshing exception.
With a tender, serene timbre and perfect intonation, the soloist Wolfgang Schneiderhan allows the spirit of the score to breathe throughout. The captivating and poetic music is further enhanced by the Berlin Philharmonic who play with a sonority that has yet to be equalled. The strings with the swell and subsidence of their carpets of sound, the subtle and finely balanced woodwinds, the double basses which murmur darkly at the very bottom of their register – all effuse a feeling of consecration and peaceful transfiguration in this concerto, a concerto which has never seen its like in two centuries.
The balance engineers achieved a remarkable feat when documenting this epoch-making work, for this recording is certainly one of the very best to come from Deutsche Grammophon in the Sixties.
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