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Double Concerto / Violin Concerto - Brahms/Mendelssohn

Brahms/Mendelssohn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Nov 1988)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000005GIN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1988 - Remaster): I. AllegroItzhak Perlman/Mstislav Rostropovich/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink16:51Album Only
Listen  2. Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1988 - Remaster): II. AndanteItzhak Perlman/Mstislav Rostropovich/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink 7:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Double Concerto in A Minor, Op.102 (1988 - Remaster): III. Vivace non troppoItzhak Perlman/Mstislav Rostropovich/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink 8:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: I. Allegro molto appassionato -Itzhak Perlman/Bernard Haitink/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra12:59Album Only
Listen  5. Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: II. AndanteItzhak Perlman/Bernard Haitink/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivaceItzhak Perlman/Bernard Haitink/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It makes no difference that this CD is half DDD and half ADD sourced, and it makes no difference that the performances here are by world acclaimed musicians; Perlman, Rostropovich, Bernard Haitink, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.
The reading is excellent and tempi and drive are there in gobs, but the Achilles heal here is the producer: Suvi Raj Grubb.
Now, already back in sixties and seventies in the high-days of Vinyl LPs, all of the recordings under this producer (many with Barenboim / Mozart piano concertos) were showing this very same trend: They possessed an un-natural midrange harshness, a tilt towards the higher midrange section of the frequency, no real bloom to the orchestra and to the solo instrument and something that the ear would perceive as grit, slightly metallic, a manipulated balance of the sound.
You will probably say that the producer has barely to do with the sonic end results but this is a mis-conception: The producer will have a huge saying in how end results on the master-tape will sounds and he will strive to capture (or manipulate) a sound into what he perceive as pleasurable to him at the source in the control-room - and this is painfully audible on this CD.
Here we have top artists with top conductor with top orchestra in a great acoustic hall - and almost all is for nothing.
The sound does not really opens up - it does not arrive organically to the ear and at times, it sounds like coming from tiny holes (shower-like form) with meagerness and no opened-up sound-stage (of which other recordings with the Concertgebouw are known to possess).
I wonder how many listeners will sit through any of those oeuvres and enjoy the sound served here.
Sonically - this is a great let-down.
Artistically? well, these are great performances, but is it really a treasure of a recording?
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blockbuster playing, but a little variable musically 10 Nov 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Perlman's 1983 recording of the Mendelssohn Violin Cto. can be had a dozen ways from Sunday on various EMI reissues. It's a famous reading that finds the violinist in ultimate, polished form. We're glutted with choices in this work, of course, but the partnership with Hiatink is very stylish and assured, and EMI's sound is fine. On the temperature scale, I'd rate this a fairly cool reading, and as always with Perlman, professionalism makes a bigger impression than personality.

I was more interested in the pairing, a much less well known Brahms Double Cto. from 1989. It's played so virtuosically as to be almsot suffocating, primarily because of Rostropovich's blockbuster style, but the engineers are to blame, too, since they have shoved the microphone an inch away from both soloists. Perlman has no choice but to try and sound as overwhelming as Rostropovich, and he almost manages it, although their temperaments couldn't be fartehr apart. I got the greatest enjoymnent from the quiet second movement, where the blending of voices is astonishingly accurate and sweet-toned. Haitink condcuts vigorously, almost cheerfully -- this is an outgoing, upbeat reading of a work that is more than a little melancholy.

I'm giving four stars as a compromise between virtuosic showmanship and variable musical satisfaction.
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