David Oistrakh - Sibelius:Violin Concerto/ Ormandy


Speakers Corner (Columbia)



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ACOL 6157
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Not always do composers of instrumental works take the playability of their ideas into consideration. Jean Sibelius – himself an excellent violinist – must have been aware of the enormous challenges to the soloist, but he did not, however, envisage that the première of his violin concerto would be badly received due to the inadequacy of the violinist. That his op. 47 would become a showpiece of romantic violin repertoire is certainly not only due to the first-class soloists of our time, but also thanks to the work’s broad and expressive melodies. In the short introduction of the second movement, the leaping intervals of the violin – as though from nowhere – develop into a broad symphonic dialogue with a late-romantic inflection, which is unleashed to create an emotional climax in the 20-bar main theme of the second movement. Seemingly purposely written for the nimble fingers of the world-class violinist, David Oistrakh and the evenly matched Philadelphia Orchestra present a superbly virtuosic and powerful rendering right up to the rousing finale. As an encore we hear The Swan Of Tuonela sing its tender, sublime song in a substantial solo on the cor anglais.

Recording: December 1959 and January 1960 at Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia (PA)
Production: Howard H. Scott

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op. 47 For Violin And Orchestra
Allegro Moderato
Adagio Di Molto
Allegro Ma Non Tanto
The Swan Of Tuonela, Op.22

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

The jewel in the Speakers Corner Columbia crown

posted on 06/02/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jonathan
The Columbia classical reissues from Speakers Corner have uniformly been excellent, but this reissue is extraordinary. The performances are of course top notch, but what stands out even more with this reissue is the sound quality. This is amongst the very best classical recordings I have ever heard, regardless of label, with soundstaging, focus, clarity and air in abundance. The sound of the first violin section, for example, often relatively rough and uncouth sounding in this repertoire, is detailed and clear with extended frequency response, but also smooth sounding. The presence of quite noticeable tape hiss suggests that we are listening to a record made with no "intervention" or "improvement" at any time right from the original recording session through to the pressing of this reissue 55 years later. It certainly puts to complete and utter shame previous efforts over the last few decades to put this recording onto CD.

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