HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto (Menuhin/Furtwängler)

Made when Menuhin was 37, this recording catches him at his incomparable peak. His technique is effortless, smooth, and almost perfect, but it is his tone that is truly breathtaking in its intensity, radiance, purity, and personal expressiveness. The low register glows warmly, while the top has a celestial shimmer. Playing from deep inside the music, he emphasizes the music, making it dreamy, warm, urgent, ecstatic, ethereal, and almost too romantic. The Concerto, has …..

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra

Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Vinyl 1953
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 406 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

….. The Concerto, has a wonderful, flexible spontaneity combined with a grand conception; each theme has its own character: the passage-work plays around the melodies in the orchestra, the slow movement is serene and inward, and the Rondo is sprightly and full of life. The virtuosity of the Kreisler cadenzas never overshadows their musical substance. Furtwängler’s approach is fascinatingly different from today’s in its imaginative freedom: tempos change for every theme and every mood, and speeds increase and decrease along with the dynamics, yet these liberties sound completely natural and organic, enhancing rather than distorting the music. Salvatore Accardo’s very different recording of the same works makes for an interesting comparison: classically austere, noble, inwardly expressive without outward changes, restrained in tempo and feeling, it is entirely convincing. –Edith Eisler

Alright, Menuhin sometimes has trouble with intonation, and his technique is not nearly as flexible and seamless as Heifetz’s. But who cares, when the interpretations are this insightful, and the playing almost uniformly beautiful? As always with the German romantics, Furtwangler is wonderful. He goes right to the spiritual heart of the Beethoven concerto, and the Mendelssohn is almost too passionate. Menuhin and Furtwangler were philosophical soul-mates, so it is to be expected that they mesh together well. Menuhin certainly doesn’t dissapoint. The Philharmonia Orchestra does very well with the Beethoven, with great depth and weight of sonority, and the Berlin Philharmonic, Furtwangler’s right hand as he said, is phenomenal in the Mendelssohn. The Beethoven has truly excellent mono sound, and although the sound is occasionally congested in the Mendelssohn, it is still more than tolerable.

To sum up, if you cannot stand even the slightest imperfections in performance, then this might not be for you; I suggest Heifetz’s recording. But if you don’t mind the occasional slip as long as it is worth the spiritual wisdom you gain, then this is unbeatable.


  Sinfonia Sacra
A1 Vision I / Vision II / Vision III 10:12
A2 Hymn 10:46
  Sinfonia Rustica
B1 Con Tenerezza 8:08
B2 Con Grazia 4:47
B3 Con Espressione 4:48
B4 Con Vigore 6:00


Analyzed Folder: /192k New Year Concert 1980 – Maazel_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR17 -0.35 dB -23.00 dB A1 Johann Strauss – Ouvertuere Op. 362 – Aus ‘Die Fledermaus’.flac
DR20 -8.05 dB -34.45 dB A2 Johann Strauss – Neue Pizzikato-Polka Op. 449 – Aus ‘Fuerstin Ninetta’.flac
DR16 -4.98 dB -26.64 dB A3 Johann Strauss – Perpetuum Mobile Op. 257.flac
DR16 -2.73 dB -24.21 dB A4 Johann Strauss – Wiener Blut Op. 378.flac
DR16 -0.43 dB -20.52 dB A5 Johann Strauss – Banditen-Galopp Op. 378.flac
DR17 -0.89 dB -25.53 dB A6 Johann Strauss – Csardas Fuer Orchester – Aus ‘Die Fledermaus’.flac
DR16 -2.28 dB -23.31 dB A7 Josef Strauss – ‘Eingesendet’ Op. 240.flac
DR16 -0.43 dB -22.80 dB B1 Jacques Offenbach – Ouvertuere – Aus ‘Orpheus In Der Unterwelt’.flac
DR14 -1.86 dB -21.30 dB B2 Johann Strauss – Kaiser Franz Joseph I. – Rettungs-Jubel-Marsch Op. 126.flac
DR15 -6.83 dB -26.17 dB B3 Johann Strauss – Fata Morgana Op. 330.flac
DR14 -0.40 dB -21.31 dB B4 Carl Michael Ziehrer – Loslassen Op. 386.flac
DR16 -0.72 dB -23.22 dB B5 Johann Strauss – An Der Schoenen Blauen Donau Op. 314.flac
DR15 -0.27 dB -20.66 dB B6 Johann Strauss (Vater) – Radetzky-Marsch.flac

Number of Files: 13
Official DR Value: DR16


Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5


10 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto (Menuhin/Furtwängler)”

  1. Not really one for Mono recordings, but I must say the violin is very well mic’d here and, other than in the ‘busier’ passages, the Orchestra sounds very good.

    Menuhin is very fine here, probably more lyrical than in later performances . Thanks Alf 😀

  2. When I read your notes before listening, was afraid this would be another Furtwangler recording “lost” to inferior recording technique.
    Happily, this is not the case.
    Mono vs Stereo does not matter and you correctly did not over edit.
    Thanks for a timeless experience.

    1. Indeed I say you: there are so many fantastic mono recordings, out there, I would almost always prefer them to the stereo versions….. Try for exemple the mono records of the Rolling Stones VS. the stereo versions…or the Beatles…or some wonder recordings from the early 60s by RCA, EMI, Mercury, Decca….

      No comparison!!!!! 😀

  3. Thank You. I am surprised (and ashamed ) to find I did not know this famous recording, even though I was living, though not buying LPs, when it was made. It was worth the wait.

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