Viktoria Mullova - Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos/ Sir Neville Mariner


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Classical

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APHI 43136
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180-gram virgin vinyl LP

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Pressed at Pallas in Germany

Violinist Viktoria Mullova performs Violin Concertos by Mendelssohn with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

"The Classical Catalogue is particularly rich in fine recordings of the Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto. But Viktoria Mullova's account is second to none, and she is splendidly accompanied by Marriner and his Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The performance has great warmth and freshness. That moment on which so much depends, the preparation for the arrival of the first movement's second subject, does not disappoint. Indeed the lovely melody arrives with the utmost naturalness and at the beginning of the falling solo arpeggio. Mullova's momentary tenuto is ravishing. She phrases the slow movement most beautifully, too, and Marriner ensures that it does not languish, moving on the middle section persuasively. The finale dances and effervesces gleefully. The recording is one of Philips's very best, which means the balance is natural; the solo timbre does not betray an excessively close microphone, yet is consistently full and beautiful, without in any way lacking presence. The orchestra has bloom as well as wight, and all necessary brilliance." — Gramophone

Features:
Audiophile quality 180-gram virgin vinyl
Analogphonic release
Pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany
Mastering by Rainer Maillard at Emil Berliner Studios in Berlin
Mastered from the original masters of Universal Music



Side A:
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Allegro molto appassionato
Andante
Allegretto non troppo -- Allegro molto vivace

Side B:
Violin Concerto in D minor
Allegro molto
Andante
Allegro

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

Wonderful Mullova recording

posted on 02/26/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: EricL
This is the first release on vinyl of this recording of Mendelssohn's two violin concerts. Mullova recorded these with Sir Neville Marriner in 1990 in London. Though the recording is digital, it has plenty of warmth. If fact, it's one of the best sounding recordings of these works that I possess. Mullova's violin sound, very prominent , but not overbearing, is wonderfully wrought. So too is the sound of the orchestra. Though the highlight here is obviously the E minor concerto which Mullova skillfully executes, so too, is the D Minor Concerto enjoyable, one written by the composer at age 13! And the sound here is even more involving with Mullova slightly left of center and the lower strings on the right playing their hearts out.

The German pressing is flat, centered and perfectly quiet. When I listened to this recording late last night, I marveled that there were times like this that vinyl can sound so entrancing, so lovely and so believable


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