What I mean by my heading is that this recording took more time to reveal it's merits than other recordings of this work have. Having written a fulsome review of the recent Znaider recording I found myself slightly resenting this recording on first hearing. My mistake is that this performance takes more time to reveal it's beauties. There is no easy victory here!
The Violin playing here is not as 'beautiful' as on the Znaider recording and there are one or two moments where the ferocious double stopping does sound a little like 'scrunching celery'. However, the tremendous virtuosity in the other 98% of the playing more than compensates for this.
What I grew to love about this performance is that it doesn't hang around! At the risk of committing a heinous crime I'm going to suggest that the revered Menuhin/Composer recording can sound a little 'heavy going' at time. Others have fallen into this trap - not least Ida Haendel and that great Elgarian Sir Adrian Boult. Elder and his soloist keep the momentum going at all times without giving the impression of skating over the surface of what is a deeply felt composition.
The CD is worth having for the extras too. Hopefully, the Prelude to 'The Kingdom' will encourage others to listen to this under-rated score. Highly recommended.