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    Default Recommending a CD: Tchaikovsky's violin concerto

    I just listened this this CD and it was one of the best violin concertos I've listened to, both in the composition itself and performance; Tchaikovsky was always a favorite of mine, but even he surprised me; and the best part of it all-I got this CD for the price of an ice cream! Get it if you can!
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    A few years back, Joshua Bell appeared with our orchestra, he performed the Tchaikovsky VC....it was fun, he knew the piece!! We also played it with Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, back when she burst upon the scene...[haven't heard much of her recently].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    A few years back, Joshua Bell appeared with our orchestra, he performed the Tchaikovsky VC....it was fun, he knew the piece!! We also played it with Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, back when she burst upon the scene...[haven't heard much of her recently].
    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    I just listened this this CD and it was one of the best violin concertos I've listened to, both in the composition itself and performance; Tchaikovsky was always a favorite of mine, but even he surprised me; and the best part of it all-I got this CD for the price of an ice cream! Get it if you can!
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    Only Joshua Bell can perform Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto the way I love it. Have that recording of him performing it and another one with Michael Tilson Thomas and Berlin Philharmonic which is also lovely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    Only Joshua Bell can perform Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto the way I love it. Have that recording of him performing it and another one with Michael Tilson Thomas and Berlin Philharmonic which is also lovely
    Any more details about this violinist/conductor?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    Any more details about this violinist/conductor?
    Think when I ordered it, was an import so don't know if still available. Incidentally, there are a couple of lovely videos of him performing this concerto on U Tube. (I have seen Joshua live twice and met him both times. Amazing violinist and lovely guy)

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    Classical music is usually attributed to Europe, if that's what you mean; what about Ashkenazy? Sounds Jewish, but from where?

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    Ashkenazy is Russian born, but now a citizen of Iceland. But when you're an international star, it doesn't matter. Ashkenazi jews originally settled in western Germany in the middle ages, but eventually found their way east to Russian areas, again because of religious persecution. His father was a jew, hence the name. Mother was Russian Orthodox.

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    My favourite version of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto is by Maxim Vengerov, with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic. It's coupled with a fantastic recording of the Glazunov concerto.

    Whilst not usurping Vengerov in my affections, I hugely enjoyed last year's beautiful recording by Hilary Hahn, with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Its more unusual pairing is what I believe is the first (and only?) recording of Jennifer Higdon's violin concerto, which is also worth hearing.

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    Well, I really like the performance below with Perlman, Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and I love this concerto, but I don't have many recordings of it:

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    The version for me is Heifetz with Reiner or hus earlier one with Barbirolli

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    I always liked Heifetz's performance of the end of the First Movement in the 1947 movie 'Carnegie Hall'.

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    Everyone should at least hear the 1928 Huberman. Not only was the virtuosity dazzling but he had an improvisatory feel. The sound is actually quite good for the period.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmsianhorn View Post
    Everyone should at least hear the 1928 Huberman. Not only was the virtuosity dazzling but he had an improvisatory feel. The sound is actually quite good for the period.

    And the Beethoven isn't bad, either.

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