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Elgar: Violin Concerto

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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00AM5RCP4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegro
2. II. Andante
3. III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)
4. Moderato -
5. Allegro -
6. Allegro [Fugue]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Dec 2013
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This disc couples Handley's Introduction and Allegro from 1983 with Kennedy's first recording of the concerto from 1984. Both originally appeared on budget priced EMI discs with the concerto achieving near cult status at that time. The Introduction and Allegro was originally coupled with Falstaff and is still in my collection. The concerto was finally deleted because of inferior sound which did not compete with the several later recordings of note from other violinists including himself with Rattle. This remastered version has greatly improved the sound by adding considerable presence, depth of field etc. and so once more, this disc enters my catalogue as a serious contender.

Getting the additional Introduction and Allegro out of the way first, all that needs to be said is that Handley gives a strong and idiomatic reading along the lines of Boult. The recording is very good and improved as above when compared to the previous issue.

Handley is a key factor when considering the two versions of this concerto by Kennedy. He has the full measure of the orchestral requirements and is not distracted from maintaining the forward momentum by investigating interesting sidelines en route. This in turn is an encouragement for Kennedy to keep moving, except of course, at the points where there is a genuine need to adopt a more relaxed pace. The extended coda in the finale is certainly allowed to develop without the need for forward pacing for example. As both Kennedy and Rattle are inclined to enjoy the moment rather than the arrival, there is a tendency for the later performance to lose drive at times. It is by comparing these two performances that one becomes more aware of these slight, but significant, differences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Passionate on 11 Mar 2014
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This is an iconic recording, satisfying, and idiomatically true. So much better violin sound from Kennedy, and hugely better orchestral clarity in this remastering.
A bargain.
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