Speakers Corner (Decca)
180 Gram Vinyl Record
Oistrakh's performance here is a complete revelation. Hindemith's concerto has never before blossomed into such rewarding lyricism. Even the orchestral contribution under the composer himself is strikingly passionate and with the soloist to provide many moments when the ear is ravished by the beauty of phrasing and inflection, the listener has much to enjoy. The recording is one of the very finest ever made of the combination of solo violin and orchestra. The Oistrakh/ Horenstein performance completely displaces its competitors. It is marvelously well recorded -- Oistrakh has never sounded so real on a disc before -- and the reading owes nearly as much to the conductor as the soloist. The expansive dignity of the opening of the brass sets shows immediately how fine the orchestral contribution is going to be and Oistrakh's playing throughout is ravishing, raising the statue of the work immeasurably. The slow movement is especially memorable. Recorded in September, 1962. John Culshaw, producer; Alan Reeve and Michael Mailes, engineers (we think). Rated 19 /20 in Robert Moon, Blue Back Guide.
|1. Introduction (Grave)|
|2. Adagio Cantabile|
|4. Andante Sostenuto|
|5. Finale (Allegro Guerriero)|
|6. Mässig Bewegte Halbe|
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