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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, New and Beautiful, 22 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances, Fragment Concerto (Audio CD)
There has been controversy about the cadenzas used in this recording- they are the cadenzas from Beethoven's own piano arrangement of this concerto and, to accommodate the second line in the piano, Kopatchinskaia recorded both parts which have then been overdubbed and-although she could no doubt gone for the option of having the leader of the orchestra play one line ( this is an option in part of the Berg Concerto)- the recorded result is fresh, new and as invigorating as a cadenza should be, yet it still remains an arrangement of a score written by Beethoven. In a few places throughout the concerto the soloist has opted for Beethoven's own alterative notations found in the autograph.
The carefree, joyful nature of Kopachinskaia's performace makes this lively interpretation not rushed or light-weight but refreshingly young and new-minted.
Herreweghe and his period orchestra are first-rate and at one with the soloist
If you really must have heavy, intellectualize Beethoven this will not be for you, at least it won't be unless you are brave enough to listern and surprise yourself!
The two Romances and the fragment we have of the
early violin concerto in C woo 5 completes the disc.
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2010 13:36:55 BDT
Isn't "so Beethoven would have expected vibrato by the time of the concerto." a non sequitur? Just because Leopold Mozart thought it was becoming too common doesn't mean that it was that much more in Beethoven's Vienna. As far as I'm aware tutors all the way up to Joachim felt that vibrato should be used 'sparingly'... but what that means in 'pounds, shillings and ounces' is subjective, though pre-war recordings such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter Mahler 9 seem to me a long way from the 'Monosodium glutamate' application we tend to get now. A useful review, thankyou!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2010 22:54:39 BDT
FL Traverso says:
This should apply to the three-star review by another poster. I agree with you though with the non-sequitur comment.
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