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Worth for Stern and Lenny,
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This review is from: Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14; Cello Concerto, Op. 22; Piano Concerto, Op. 38 (Audio CD)
This is one of the great recorded performances of a later romantic violin, informed as it is with jazz-like variation and 20th century idiom. The first movement has complete structural integrity and coherence. The last movement has you on the edge of your seat. As for the emotional heart of the piece, it is hard to find anything more nostalgically beautiful than the opening orchestral statement of that glorious theme, before of course Stern's wonderful entry with deep vibrato on his beloved Guaneri leading us on rhapsodic journey to the restatement of the opening theme which makes you forget even the movement's beginning. Stern comes as close as anyone to Heifetz for phrasing and beauty of tone in this performance. The other two excellent performances are a bonus really but make up must-have disc.