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Brahms / Beethoven / Tchaikovsky / Lalo: Artist Profile

Kirill Kondrashin , Constantin Silvestri , Philharmonia Orchestra , Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire , Leonid Kogan Audio CD
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  • Performer: Leonid Kogan
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin, Constantin Silvestri
  • Audio CD (21 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classical
  • ASIN: B000002SC6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Kogan stayed within the iron curtain, and died prematurely in his 50s at the height of his powers. I first had all of these performances on vinyl when I was a schoolboy. His Beethoven violin concerto is one of the truly outstanding interpretations of this often over-egged classical violin concerto. His tone is fantastic, and the pace and space of his phrasing, in complete integration and rapport with the Paris Conservatoire under Silvestri, is so joyously Beethoven it makes one want to play it again and again. This and Isabelle Faust's version are all one needs for a truly beethovian Beethoven Concerto selection.
The Brahms is also a top-notch performance which I come back to over and over; the Tchaikovsky is lovely and excitingly executed.
He plays Lalo with total effortless virtuosic ease and silvery brilliance.
But most of all, this is a beautiful collection of great performances from one of the finest and least well known of all the top rank violinists of the twentieth century.
Please please re-issue this selection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven superior 27 Jun 2011
You now and again, albeit rarely, come across a recording of one of the old war horses which bowls you over. The Beethoven concerto on this disc had that effect on me. It is more rhapsodic than even Menuhin/ Furtwangler 1, everything sounds fresh as if played for the first time. Yes, Kogan's tone is noble but he has a devilish almost improvisatoric approach which leaves you unable to catch your breath. Silvestri is an outstanding partner - if his orchestra is a less famous band, they make up for it in their ability to support every inventive phrasing of their soloist. They apply a dark middle-european timbre which makes you think of the Czech Phil. The interpretation is superior to the much better-known Oistrakh/Cluytens.

The Brahms has top billing and it is indeed a fine recording. However, Kondrashin is in this music not in the same league as Silvestri.

The recording of the Beethoven deserves status of a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous 17 May 2014
Record companies continue to baffle me . The endless regurgitation of old favourites in new budget or mid price labels yet these performances remain stuck in the vaults . This is a long deleted EMI issue now only available for ridiculous prices or at Arkiv music for a CD-R that won't necessarily play on all players.

The splendid account of the Tchaikovsky with Silvestri ( who also made a great recording with Ferras) has reappeared on budget labels yet it is in many ways the least remarkable in this box.

The other three recordings are standouts . The Beethoven concerto is quite magnificent . Silvestri and Kogan are a true partnership and the Larghetto is phrased with a beauty and simplicity that eludes all too many who leave it is a pretty interlude- this is up there with Menuhin and Furtwangler in 1947 .

The Lalo sparkles as it should but with Kogan its musical virtues are stressed rather than it being played as a display vehicle for a soloist. The Spanish rhythms are idiomatic and this is an intensely exciting account .

Perhaps topping it all is the Brahms - for all the wonderful records of the work that I have this is probably the first that comes close to dislodging my preference for Menuhin/Kempe . It is very different to that grand and thrilling performance and again excitement is the key . It is wonderful throughout but two points stand out . Firstly , when Kogan takes over from the oboe in the slow movement for once this is not a bit of an anticlimax but takes your breath away that he can play even more beautifully than that oboe tune and secondly, the finale - all too often this is treated as a simple gypsy romp to round the work off . Kogan is very exciting and there is plenty of romping but the little changes he makes to his tone are absolutely captivating and he makes this movement seem the true equal of the others .

If you can find it cheapish snap it up- otherwise Warner Classics a KOGAN ICON box please !!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless!!! 18 April 2003
By David Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
This is hands down the very best recording of the Tchaikovsky I have ever heard. Every time I start the cd, I have to listen all the way through. Kogan's tone, style, technique, and interpretive passion are unmatched. I feel like I've rediscovered this concerto every time I hear him play it. After listing to this recording, all other recordings seem to be missing something.
I even catch myself listening to the recording of the Lalo in its entirety, even though I have detested that monotonous piece since 7th grade. The Beethoven, Brahms, and Serenade Mencholique recordings are also fantastic. This recording should be on every musician's shelf. I'd give it ten stars, if that were an option!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High-end Recording of EMI! 10 Sep 2003
By "felixcsc" - Published on Amazon.com
When you listen to this recording, the first thing you find will be the sound quality is exceptional good, which ranks in my opinion the best violin concerto recording(think about that this recording was made in 1959, you maybe suspect that whether recording technique is retrograded in these years). I have many similiar CDs, including Classic Record 24K Gold series, Decca (recorded by Wilkinson),RCA Gold series and CBS(Walter stereo recording),which has astounding sound quality and is precious and out of print now--I find that this EMI Kogan stereo recording beat all of them, you can hear the very reality of the sound stage and all the details of the solo violin.

The perform were outstanding. You can experience Kogan's passion and his power of volition--similar to David Oistrakh. Many people accept that the four violin conertos(by Brahms, Lalo, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky) are the first choice.

So, though many people will be attracted by the outstanding sound quality, don't ignore Kogan's excellent performance.

Everyone should rush to get this rare and out-of-print 2CD set, no matter how expensive it will be now.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars 18 Sep 2005
By Bach H. Nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
This may be the only Kogan's stereo issue with the beautiful sound. If you are Kogan's fan, this CD is for you. I just take one comparation, Kogan and Oistrakh in Tchaikovsky'c concerto. I've heard parallely this concerto by both, Kogan and Oistrakh, and couldn't say which one is better for long time. Then, I fugure out that the sound by Kogan has something like a magic, maybe more gentle, more transparent, or more ambitious. I have five issues of Kogan's Tchaikovsky concerto, (Melodya, EMI's Tchaikovsky concertos, Yedang...) and this is the best CD among them.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performances at a bargain price 19 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a CD I cannot recommend enthusiastically enough. Leonid Kogan was one of the outstanding violinst of our century. Especially Kogan's inter- preation of the Brahms violin concerto is in a league of its own. His violin playing is robust and utterly sublime at the same time. This disc is a "must have" and, at this bargain price, an absolute snip.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best! 21 Dec 2003
By C. Solomon - Published on Amazon.com
The pieces in this collection are astounding...not the least of which is the showstopper, Tcaikovsky's Violine Concerto. This pairing of Sylvestri and Kogan is unsurpassed and widely hailed by many..small wonder the album is so hard to get. This recording makes me laugh, makes me cry. Seldom have I heard an artist so completely become the music, with the conductor and orchestra 'out there' with him as well.
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