One of the greatest violinists of the twentieth century, Joseph Szigeti, is captured here with two warhorses of the repertoire, the Mendelsson and Brahms violin concertos. I think it true to say that Szigeti is best heard as early in his career as possible as his technique declined with advanced years. It's probably also true that the recording studio didn't bring out the best in him, either.
So, what we have here are two "live" recordings; yes the sound requires a little forbearance but I think Ward Marston has, as usual, done a splendid job. First up is the Mendelssohn, a concert with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra under Bruno Walter from 2 February 1941, and it's a fine performance.
Then, in quite a reverberant acoustic (Szigeti fades in and out of the aural "picture" here and there), we have the Brahms with the same orchestra under Dimitri Mitropoulos from 24 October 1948, and this is an excellent performance.
A valuable CD, complete with well-written and interesting notes from Abram Chipman, well-worth hearing.