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Beethoven / Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

Viktoria Mullova Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00008NR79
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major Op.61 - Beethoven
2. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op.64 in E Minor - Mendelssohn

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars splendid in every way 21 Dec 2005
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Viktoria Mullova is one of the leading violinists in the world. Her relatively recent interest in playing on gut strings serves her well in these two concertos. The sound is always interesting, full of character and colour. The performances are absolutely assured, unshowy and unfailingly musical. The orchestral contribution is just as good, and this CD can be recommended with confidence.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 15 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Beautifully played by Mullova and conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. This recording has excellent acoustics, in fact best I have heard from any CD. Sound staging is magnificently balanced between the violin and the orchestra - not overly bright, clarity is amazing. I would highly recommend this recording to any fan of Beethoven/Mendelssohns violin concertos - very impressive.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very special listening 25 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
This CD conveniently provides my `building a collection' versions of both Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. It is a must too for any collection of Viktoria Mullova's recorded works.

The order on the CD is Beethoven first, then Mendelssohn, but I often play the Mendelssohn first, the emotional journey provided by the Mullova/Gardner interpretation of Beethoven's D Major Violin Concerto being such that to immediately follow it with anything else is just too much.

The Beethoven opens conventionally enough, with music that is instantly recognisable as stablemate to several of his great symphonies. Mullova first comes in at 3:12, immediately announcing that this is going to be something different and very special. Listening at home (for the umpteenth time, it has to be said), I can usually manage during the opening minutes to continue with some other occupation, so long as it is not seriously demanding mentally. Then Mullova gets to a point, 10:22 into the first movement, where I just have to drop even the most trivial chore and give her my full attention. To do anything else is impossible. Then she has got me, and holds me right through all three movements. Sublime.

The break between the Beethoven and Mendelssohn provides an opportunity to get up and continue with whatever task has been dropped. But to do that is unfair to both player and composer - not to mention the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and its Director, John Eliot Gardiner - for this too is an inspired performance of a very fine piece of music.

Much praise is due to all the musicians performing here, and all involved in the recording and packaging of the CD as we receive it.
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