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    I haven't heard Bell's recording yet, but I enjoy the recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto by Julia Fischer with the Russian National Orchestra and Kreizberg.

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    If you really love this music like I do, there's this version that is absolutely breathtaking. Even at home you'll stand up and cheer at the end. Thrilling account:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    If you really love this music like I do, there's this version that is absolutely breathtaking. Even at home you'll stand up and cheer at the end. Thrilling account:
    Astonishing! I bloody love virtuoso accordionists

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    That’s my personal favourite „version” of this concerto.
    I also enjoy this with Julia Fischer and Russian National Orchestra (Naxos, 2006) ->
    http://themusicgala.com/classical/fi...olin-concerto/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    This isn't the first violin concerto I've listened to and not the only one I like, I have Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mozart as well, and they are all beautiful, but this one really blew my ears!
    Korngold has a fantastic VC. As does Bruch and Sibelius.
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    there's no future in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    Korngold has a fantastic VC. As does Bruch and Sibelius.
    Haven't heard the Korngold, but the Bruch is a classic and the Sibelius is one of his best works.

    On topic, I haven't heard the Tchaikovsky. I'll have to check out that recording OP. I'm on a bit of a concertos kick.
    Last edited by flamencosketches; May-14-2019 at 13:22.

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    Heifetz and Reiner for me, although I think Joshua Bell is also very very good

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    I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned this album yet. Their artistry gets under the skin of these idioms not so much worlds apart, but yet have something different to say. Enlivening in short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orfeo View Post
    I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned this album yet. Their artistry gets under the skin of these idioms not so much worlds apart, but yet have something different to say. Enlivening in short.

    I'm not familiar with Myaskovsky, I just checked, and I think I would like him; anything to recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    I'm not familiar with Myaskovsky, I just checked, and I think I would like him; anything to recommend?
    There're plenty of his music worth exploring, and given that it is accessible, getting to know it is fairly easy. There is, however, an elusive, self-effacing aspects of his writing that only yields its secrets gradually (much like Glazunov or Bax, or even Bruckner), but repeating listening yields greater rewards, and his music does have the power to enrich (it's that moving). For starters:

    • Piano music: Piano Sonatas IV, VII, VIII, Prelude and Rondo-Sonata op. 58, Yellowed Leaves. Recommended album: McLachlan (Olympia/Alto)
    • Instrumental: Cello Sonatas I & II, Violin Sonata.
    • Concerto: Cello Concerto. Recommended album: Julian Lloyd Webber and Maxim Shostakovich with the London SO (Philip)
    • Chamber: String Quartets II, IX, X, XIII. Any of the available albums will do.
    • Symphonies: XXVII, XXV, XXIV, XXI, XVI, XV, XIII, IX, V, VI, II. Recommended albums: Svetlanov (for all of them), Kondrashin and the Moscow PO & USSR State SO (for nos. VI, XV), Downes and the BBC Phil. (for nos. V & IX), Measham & the National PO (for no. XXI), Jarvi and the Gothenburg SO (for no. VI), Rozhdestvensky and the USSR Ministry of Culture SO (for no. II), Ivanov and the USSR SO (for no. XVI).
    • Misc.: Theme et Variations for Strings, Two Pieces for Strings (from the middle movements of Symphony no. XIX), Napeve. - all available in ASV album. Also Slavic Rhapsody, Divertissement, op. 80 (as part of the Svetlanov set mentioned above).


    Good luck and enjoy.
    Last edited by Orfeo; May-31-2019 at 22:17.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orfeo View Post
    There're plenty of his music worth exploring, and given that it is accessible, getting to know it is fairly easy. There is, however, an elusive, self-effacing aspects of his writing that only yields its secrets gradually (much like Glazunov or Bax, or even Bruckner), but repeating listening yields greater rewards, and his music does have the power to enrich (it's that moving). For starters:

    • Piano music: Piano Sonatas IV, VII, VIII, Prelude and Rondo-Sonata op. 58, Yellowed Leaves. Recommended album: McLachlan (Olympia/Alto)
    • Instrumental: Cello Sonatas I & II, Violin Sonata.
    • Concerto: Cello Concerto. Recommended album: Julian Lloyd Webber and Maxim Shostakovich with the London SO (Philip)
    • Chamber: String Quartets II, IX, X, XIII. Any of the available albums will do.
    • Symphonies: XXVII, XXV, XXIV, XXI, XVI, XV, XIII, IX, V, VI, II. Recommended albums: Svetlanov (for all of them), Kondrashin and the Moscow PO & USSR State SO (for nos. VI, XV), Downes and the BBC Phil. (for nos. V & IX), Measham & the National PO (for no. XXI), Jarvi and the Gothenburg SO (for no. VI), Rozhdestvensky and the USSR Ministry of Culture SO (for no. II), Ivanov and the USSR SO (for no. XVI).
    • Misc.: Theme et Variations for Strings, Two Pieces for Strings (from the middle movements of Symphony no. XIX), Napeve. - all available in ASV album. Also Slavic Rhapsody, Divertissement, op. 80 (as part of the Svetlanov set mentioned above).


    Good luck and enjoy.
    Thanks! Anyone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    Joshua Bell is such a pleasure to play with and listen to. He is no prima donna and keeps his ego in check. His performances and recordings always seem honest, serious and well thought out. His flaw, and it's not of his making, is his nationality. There's a real snobbery in classical music and everyone "knows" that an American violinist can't be world-class. I like this version of the concerto with Ashkenazy, but the conductor did make another, with Boris Belkin back in the '70s, that is a real hair-raiser - it's been my favorite version of the complete concerto since it came out.
    I saw Joshua Bell in concert too and was very good. Back to your other point, just the other day I saw an article (I can't find it now) where the topic was Best Female Violinist Today. I think their top choice was Julia Fischer which is certainly a fine choice. Nowhere, however, did they have Hilary Hahn. If you had seem some of the others, it was a joke. The author said that if we put our email address in that he would get back to us. When I said, "Where's Hilary Hahn?" I never heard from him. Didn't surprise me.

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    Repin's with Gergiev is certainly excellent. Of the top of my head, other good ones include those by Kopatchinskaja & Currentzis (perhaps not for everyone) and Mullova & Ozawa. And I'm sure there are others!

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    Oistrakh, anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    Repin's with Gergiev is certainly excellent. Of the top of my head, other good ones include those by Kopatchinskaja & Currentzis (perhaps not for everyone) and Mullova & Ozawa. And I'm sure there are others!
    Kopatchinskaja/Currentzis is definitely a cracker! ... but have to agree it's probably not for everyone.

    Perhaps if Paganini were to play it, it could sound like that.

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