I love Barber's violin conceto for its amazing inventiveness and gorgeous tunefulness. I've listened to many recordings including Perlman, Hahn, Stern, Takezawa, Bell etc...but, for me, young Gil Shaham's award-winning DG recording towers over all of them. He plays as if possessed by the music, with astonishingly rich singing tone, yet his firm intellectual grasp on the architecture of the work, lifts the music above mere aesthetics and emotional expression. Previn provides solid and vivid orchestral background, with the orchestra perfectly balanced with the soloist. Coupled with deeply lyrical and sublime performance of Korngold concerto and beautifully recorded, this must be one of the most satisfying CDs in entire violin concerto discography.