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
Number of discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 406 MB
….. 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.
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Analyzed Folder: /192k New Year Concert 1980 – Maazel_dr.txt
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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
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