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    We've been working on the first movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto in one of my orchestras and I've fallen in love with it, but don't have a recording! Is there one you love? Are there any I should avoid? (I'd also be interested in knowing why.)

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    This is the recording I have and it's really good.

    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    The recording by Isaac Stern with the New York Phil and Bernstein is also very good.

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    I like Perlman/Giulini

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    Personally, I like both the Schneiderhan/Jochum recording listed above, or the Heifetz/Munch recording. I have a personal preference for Heifetz, but I think they are both fine recordings.

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    I'm particularly fond of the Vadim Repin and the Vienna Phil recording. An underrated violinist, this CD has it all- technically flawless, musical, and top notch sound quality. Also comes with an excellent Kreutzer Sonata accompanied by Argerich.

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    Beethoven's Violin Concerto is one of those key canonical works that must be heard in more than one performance. I have the following:



    Heifitz simply must be heard... but I would have him as my sole recording if only because of the age of the recording.



    I might say the same of Menuhin/Furtwangler as Heifitz/Munch.



    Schneiderhan brought a marvelous Romantic Viennese tone to Beethoven in one of those recordings that is truly special.



    Mutter may be the greatest living violinist... OK...Perlman is still kicking... but everything this woman touches is sheer magic. At less than $10 through an Amazon secondary dealer you can get the Beethoven concerto and the Triple Concerto (with Yo-Yo Ma and Herbert von Karajan).



    The most recent brilliant, if controversial, recording is that of Patricia Kopachinskaja with Philippe Herreweghe. The performance here is HIP (Historically Informed Performance) with the opening Allegro played as as Allegro and the closing Rondo Allegro avoiding the common trudging dance. The controversy of this recording owed less to Kopachinskaja's playing (quite beautiful) the speed of her approach (Heifitz played the work at an even more blistering speed) or her HIP technique and more to her deviation from the printed score and use of various ornamentation found in various written manuscripts as well as her use of a cadenza transcribed back from Beethoven's own transcription of the violin concerto into a piano concerto which required overdubbing a second violin voice at places where the polyphonic score of Beethoven's cadenza for piano was an impossibility for the solo violin. The resulting disc is stunning... but not the "usual" Beethoven violin concerto.

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    This is my favorite work by Beethoven (by far!).

    I have 4 recordings - including Mutter, Oistrakh, Haendel - but my absolute favorite is Szeryng's. Such wonderful playing. Highly recommended!

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    I couldn't stomach Heiftetz - no soul, just notes.

    Another great recording of this work I have remembered is that by Leonid Kogan and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Kyrill Kondrashin.

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    Janine Jansen done it nicely in a CD + Britten VC:

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    1. Pinchas Zukerman/Los Angeles/Zubin Mehta
    2. Itzhak Perlman/Israel Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta
    3.Christian Ferras/Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert Von Karajan
    4. Yehudi Menuhin/Philharmonia/Rudolf Kempe.

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    I make no claims as to what is the greatest recording of this concerto, but would just like to point out this version that may not get mentioned very often in these discussions. I've become quite fond of it and find myself coming back to it more often than to any other. A lovely warm rendition of both the concerto and the two romances.

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    I have Chung, Perlman and Heifetz for the Beethoven VC - all very good!.
    My favourite recording is probably the Heifetz .

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    I might also point out this recording by Suk on Supraphon. While it is not my favorite, I do find myself pulling it out from time to time. Not a bad recording at all.

    Oh, and StLuke -
    I picked up the Herreweghe recording, out of curiosity, and at first listen find myself enjoying it. Not saying it will knock Heifetz out of my top spot, but I do enjoy every now and then some HIP Beethoven. And I am a huge Herreweghe fan.

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    Thanks for all the recommendations, folks!

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