Without giving away much, if any, of the work's rhetorical and dramatic grandeur, Grumiaux explores the Beethoven Concerto's depths with a tone of great beauty and mature phrasing that is utterly convincing. The great Larghetto is sung with melting sweetness, yet never cloys, the Kreisler cadenza is played with plenty of finesse, and the final Allegro is exciting in its own relatively subdued way. There's virtuosity to spare, but in a reading of such knowing understanding it serves the music, not the urge to show how fast or flashy an artist can be. He gets excellent support from conductor Colin Davis and the great Concertgebouw Orchestra. Even if you have multiple versions of this Concerto, Grumiaux's belongs on your shelf.
1. Beethoven Violin Concerto, I.Allegro ma non troppo
2. Beethoven Violin Concerto, II.Larghetto
3. Beethoven Violin Concerto, III.Rondo:allegro