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Violin Concerto Import

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  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Testament
  • ASIN: B002E9Y5NS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ida Haendel, violon - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Simon Rattle, direction

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on 11 Oct 2009
When I saw this advertised I was excited. Ida Haendel( who is still playing with terrific vim in her early eighties judging from You Tube!) and Simon Rattle in classic BBC Proms recordings from the 1980s and 1990s . It is an apt coupling . Haendel has long been associated with the Sibelius and a performance on Finnish Radio in 1949 drew praise from the composer himself. She has also long been associated with British music and indeed it was at the Proms in the Brahms concerto as a child she became known in 1937 ! Her recordings of the Britten and Walton Concerti in the 1970s are quite unrivalled in my opinion.

Live recordings released many years after the event can be anticlimactic - littered with mistake and audience coughs . Not this one! These performances are quite stupendous . The Sibelius emerges from the ice of the opening to a performance of passionate intensity in which the orchestra seem urged on to heights by the soloist . This is now by some way by favourite performance of this concerto . There is so much soul in this performance and Rattle conducts magnificently.

So to the Elgar . I thought this could not match up but it does - this is a performance that gets right to the heart of the concerto- nobilmente indeed and the playing is again wonderful and Rattle seems on much better form than in his much praised remake with Kennedy . This is also significantly faster than the leisurely recording Haendel made with Boult and to me is one of the epic recordings of this work - joining Sammons. the young Menuhin and younger Kennedy at the top table .

A truly wonderful record - deserves a hatful of stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DAVID Geer on 8 Jan 2010
I bought this because Haendel is one of the all time great 20thC violin players and the Sibelius VC is near the top of my list of VC's!

I don't have her earlier recording with Bergland though I suspect that would have been good too! This performance was well overdue for release, for she plays like an angel in the expressive Haendel way! In the Sleeve notes Ia Haendel says; "I play it very slowly - every note is very valuable"....and Rattle accompanies it with the CBSO beautifully! The only slight complaint is not quite perfect recording from the BBC engineers but excellent deep sonority from the orchestra a truly must have interpretation. Every note with expression and great lyricism...wonderful outburst of applause from Royal Festival Hall audience says it all for you!

And there you might rest on your laurels and be quite happy but no they put an earlier performance with the CBSO Rattle and the RFH on as a second act and its well...even better than the Sibelius and like an earlier reviewer noted its an Elgar that goes straight to the top of the list, mine anyway. Never heard the Elgar so clearly interpreted - slow again with sonata type playing where marked giving the full expression - just lovely......what a joy! If the Sibelius is fantastic this is awesome plus!

A Testament indeed to a great violinist!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2010
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This must be the fourth Sibelius to come my way, after recordings by Little, Kavakos and Mullova. As you must have gathered from the other reviews, it is very special; indeed, the most enrapturing, the most searching performance of the Sibelius I have ever heard. I'm not a concerto afficionado, generally preferring symphonies, but such is the magic of this Sibelius that I've booted up, logged on and begun enthusing for Amazon even before getting to the end of my first play through. And the glory is Rattle's as much as the soloist. He is quite simply the greatest Sibelius conductor ever recorded, excepting the composer himself Sibelius Favourites and I wish he'd get around to recording the tone poems.

Next stop the Elgar. It's brisk like Sammons and given the encomia I can hardly wait to listen to it. Signing off now.
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Not sure, but it seems difficult to find out this CD in Japanese Market. Once miss oppotunity, it is hard to get next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ida Outdoes Herself Again, So Does Rattle 12 Feb 2012
By ricardo_guerrero - Published on Amazon.com
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Ida Haendel has long been recognized as one of the several foremost proponents of the Sibelius Concerto, and the composer himself even acknowledged
this fact. I had never heard her Elgar before this, so that was why I purchased this disc, and I was not disappointed.
Ida's musical philosophy has always been 'sticking to the score' and playing the music with the composer's intentions as first priority. She certainly does it in both the Sibelius and Elgar in these live recordings with Rattle. Her music making, to those not familiar with her, probably lacks a strong personal element. You have to really know her recordings well to fully appreciate them. She never made a bad one - and her musical longevity of over 75 years on the concert stage (a number that was only reached by Milstein and perhaps one or two others)
stems from the fact that she basically did everything right in her career. She chose only the best musicians to collaborate with, and she made a very solid technical and musical foundation very early in life, to ensure that she'd be able to play for as long as humanly possible. As for these recordings, they're nothing but a pleasure to listen to. They lack the technical fireworks of some others, certainly, but they glow radiantly as ultra-matured and refined readings that are the products of decades of performing. The applause at the end of each directly reflects just how much Ms. Haendel's public
reveres her artistry and why she has remained so sought-after for so long. Simon Rattle, who can always be relied upon for excellent control over his orchestras, turns out his usual sensitive and finely-balanced accompaniment.

Highly recommended.
I suggest you skip this ... 9 Mar 2014
By Mark Abel - Published on Amazon.com
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The principal reason is that the sound is truly awful. Both pieces sound as if they were recorded in the audience with a portable cassette player far from the stage -- low fidelity in every respect and badly lacking in stereo image and definition. Not a happy fate for the last two Great Romantic Violin Concertos.

Too bad, as Haendel is of course one of the most distinguished exponents of the Sibelius. Yet it must also be said that she is not in top form here. Her recording of several decades ago under Berglund with the Bournemouth Symphony is far better, and there's an outstanding performance with the Montreal Symphony available on YouTube. Haendel is more successful with Elgar's amazing concerto, by far his greatest composition. It's certainly interesting to compare her rendition to those generally considered to own this piece -- Pinchas Zukerman and Nigel Kennedy.

But the potential archival value of this CD is negated by the poor sound. Hard to imagine that this could have been a recording sanctioned by such a well-known orchestra as the CBSO. All major ensembles today have had at least respectable live recording systems in place for decades. Save your money; I wish I had.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
ida haendel 6 Nov 2012
By john g sacchi - Published on Amazon.com
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ida haendel is the greatest violinist, along with heifitz and then menuhin, arguably third place. sebelius particularly liked her interpretation of his masterpiece and sent her a favorable letter. i have heard many 'GREAT VILOINISTS PLAY THIS PIECE" she blows them out of the water. haendel never rushes a phrase just to impress but rather, musicality always wins out with anything she plays. i adore her, along with caballe the soprano and vladimir horowicz. there is not much else out there, living or dead. js
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