This is by far my most favorite recording of the Brahm’s Violin Concerto. Henryk Szeryng is in top notch form, and the backing by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux is excellent.
Mr. Szeryng, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, recorded this concerto several times. This one was originally released as a RCA Living Stereo LSC-2281 Shaded Dog on vinyl in 1959. It was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque. Other recordings Szeryng made included another with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati in 1962 for Mercury Living Presence and another with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink in 1973 for Philips.
I feel that this performance is the best of the three. This is Szeryng’s most emotional performance of the three. Szeryng’s silvery tone and immaculate intonation coupled with his musical phrasings holds one’s attention from start to finish. The Allegro ma non troppo (1st Mvmt) is filled with an enormous amount of energy and tension (Cadenza by Joachim). The Adagio (2nd Mvmt) sings tenderly and sweetly. The Allegro giocoso (3rd Mvmt) is joyfully triumphant.
I have listened to many versions of this concerto, Grumiaux, Heifetz, Kreisler, Mutter, Perlman, Oistrakh, Milstein and this is my favorite performance by far. The only one that comes close is the Oistrakh/ Klemperer performance.
This is a must listen for anyone interested in Henryk Szeryng.
RCA Italy , €10,-
- Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto Op. 77
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# Option Price 1 1LP orig. RCA Italy 1977 €10,00