Yehudi Menuhin -《孟德尔颂:小提琴协奏曲/布鲁赫:第1号小提琴协奏曲》(Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1)[LP 黑胶 24bit/96KHz][FLAC]
■孟德尔颂：E小调小提琴协奏曲，作品 64 (4-6)
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Efrem Kurtz, Walter Susskind
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Max Bruch
Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Original recording remastered
Label: EMI Classics
# Composer: Max Bruch, Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy
# Performer: Yehudi Menhuin
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra London
# Conductor: Walter Süsskind, Efrem Kurtz
# Vinyl (1956/58)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Label: EMI Electrola
# ASIN: B000207NOY
This superb LP from Electrola (SME 91055, German pressing, white/gold label, stereo) features Yehudi Menuhin’s sublime renditions of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26* and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64, both recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the former with conductor Walter Susskind on 12 September 1956, and the latter with conductor Efrem Kurtz on 30 April 1958.
Menuhin left multiple versions of both works, but these recordings – made in the Kingsway Hall* and EMI’s Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, during the ‘Golden Age of Stereo’ with what was then arguably the world’s finest orchestra – remain quite special even in a discography as vast and distinguished as Menuhin’s (both recordings were balanced by Neville Boyling).
By Michael B. Richman HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE
After listening for years to Yehudi Menuhin's 1971 accounts of the Mendelssohn (E Minor) and Bruch (No. 1) Violin Concertos, both performed with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Sir Adrian Boult respectively, I decided to purchase Menuhin's original stereo recordings of the Concertos from the late 1950s. Well, it seems I found a new standard bearer. This CD, reissued a few years back in EMI's "Great Recordings of the Century" series, certainly lives up to its title. Menuhin's later renditions are outstanding, but the combination of a younger Menuhin, the war-horse Philharmonia Orchestra, and the studio excitement that exudes from seemingly all of the great early stereo recordings, make these accounts a notch better. Of course, having Walter Susskind (for the 1956 Bruch) and Efrem Kurtz (for the 1958 Mendelssohn) on the podium is just icing on the cake. The disc logs in a little on the short side at slightly over 50 minutes, but after these exhilarating performances you need a chance to catch your breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative musicianship despite Menuhin's declining technique June 6, 2006
By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER
Made between 1956-58, these classic readings of the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos display Menuhin at his post-war best. I'm sorry to say that I undervalued these performances for a long time. In the Mendelsoohn I couldn't see past Menuhin's mono recording with Furtwangler just after the war, when the violinist had not yet suffered the decline in technique that was soon to plauge him, and Furtwangler was at his best. Menuhin kept a special affinity for this work, however, and this early stereo version with the excellent Efram Kurtz shows how his musicianship could shine thorugh drawbacks in execution.
The Bruch with Walter Susskind is a bold, forward reading with lots of presence. I especially like the fast tempo for the first movement and Menuhin's way of probing into every phrase--this concerto too often comes off as a combination of cut velvet and embalming fluid. One can't expect Menuhin's tone to be as sweet and steady as Perlman's, and his intonation turns dodgy in fast passagework, but Menuhin well deserves his standing as one of the most musical, expressive violinists of the century.
Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22, 1916 – March 12, 1999) was a Russian Jewish American violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom.
A1 Bruch – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 in G Minor Op. 26 – 1. Vorspiel. Allegro moderato
A2 Bruch – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 in G Minor Op. 26 – 2. Adagio
A3 Bruch – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 in G Minor Op. 26 – 3. Finale. Allegro energico – Presto
B1 Mendelsohn – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in E Minor Op. 64 – 1. Allegro Molto Appassionato
B2 Mendelsohn – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in E Minor Op. 64 – 2. Andante
B3 Mendelsohn – Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in E Minor Op. 64 – 3. Allegretto Non Troppo – Allegro molto vivace