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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh lick of paint for Mendelssohn, 31 Jan. 2009
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The five star rating is for the Mendelssohn which is a riveting performance both from Capucon and from Harding with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. So much orchestral detail is revealed that it makes traditional 'romantic' readings sound muddy by comparison. There is plenty of drama and fire as well as lyricism and Capucon produces some ravishing high-lying pianissimi. It's easy to think one knows this concert-hall warhorse inside-out, but could you say you were normally aware of the timpani? The recording is very vivid but natural sounding. The Schumann is more controversial because of the slow speeds. However this does allow the shadows to really come to fore, and the tragedy of the composer's mental exhaustion to strike home - sample the really strange elongated harmonies in the first movement development section.
The second movement is beautifully played, but again there is a case for taking the final landler a good deal faster than this. The work almost 'fades out' and there is an unbearable feeling of sadness. However don't miss this recording because of the really unusual interplay between soloist and conductor who are clearly of one mind over interpretation. There are lots of new insights and that's exciting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salieri, 8 Nov. 2013
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With the best will in the World, no-one could rate the Schumann Concerto as being a major in the genre of Violin Concertos, but surely it cannot and, indeed must not, be written off as something akin to his subseqent mental breakdown 6 months later. To this end, I elected to invest in it, and the resultant experience was well worth my endeavours. It was not until 1937 that it was added to the list of his Concertos, since his widow,Clara, along with Brahms and Joachim (for whom he intended the first performance) declined to include it in his list of works.

This is a wonderfully fresh performance, and is beautifully clearly recorded. Soloist Renaud Capucon with the excellent Mahler Chamber Orchestra, well directed by Daniel Harding, is intent on converting us to this neglected work: in that respect, he attacks the unconvincing first movement, which desperately tries to succeed, with an energy, but in the quieter passages, an intensity, that nearly converts us. In the sublime second movement, the only one where Schumann really came into his own, he has an easier job: this is a lovely movement, worthy to stand amongst those of Brahms and Mendlessohn in their concertos. It leads, very well crafted, into a finale which is, again, not entirely successful, with a diminuendo ending that may disappoint, but the work is, nevertheless, fascinating, and one must admire Messrs Capucon/Harding for bringing a work, dismissed for so many years, into the repertoire. Do try it, you will question it, but I do not think you will not be too disappointed. It is still the music of a Romantic soul who still has lots left in him, albeit his state of mind was to sadly curtail anything further.

The Mendlessohn Concerto, surely the most recorded one of all time, receives another fresh, youthful and immensely appealing performance, which has plenty of attack,and does not wallow ( I refer to the slow movement where I have previously noted some over-indulgence in performances: not here): it gets straight to the point and stays there. This is music to just sit back and enjoy.

So you have two Concertos: one an all-time "hit", the other a valedictory offering: lots to enjoy in both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful, 13 Feb. 2015
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I bought this c.d mainly for the Schumann violin concerto as already have a great recording of the Mendelsohnn. The slow movement of the Schumann concerto is utterly mesmerizing & hauntingly beautiful. A recording to treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, 22 Aug. 2013
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I am not able to compare it with other recordings as deeply as other reviewers but I like it a lot.
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