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2.0 out of 5 stars Good performance, disappointing recording, 16 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto op35; Bruch: Violin Concerto 1 (Audio CD)
I bought this on the basis of the many positive comments made here but I was sadly disappointed. The soloist's performance is very good indeed but she is badly let down by one of the worst recordings that I have heard in recent years. The violin microphones are so close that every little finger noise is irritatingly intrusive. Artificial reverberation has then been washed over the top to try to give some perspective.

The orchestra also sounds thin and strangled as if multi-microphones have been used to excess.

This isn't a partnership between soloist and orchestra. Instead, we are presented with a very close and loud violin with an orchestra playing somewhere in the background - a sound more akin to pop recordings than to classical. Imagine a tv program with the soloist's head and shoulders filling the screen and the orchestra way in the background and you will have some idea of the audio balance. It really is back to the audio dark ages.

The sound was so bad that, at first, I thought that something had gone wrong with my audio system. So much so, that I also checked the CD out on different systems but, sadly, with the same result.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2013 18:42:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2013 20:00:49 GMT
Zikmu says:
I agree with you that the sound recording isn't very good, but my reading of it is quite different: I think the orchestra is loud and the violin isn't heard enough. In a piano concerto, a fully open grand is well able to compete with an orchestra of good size, but with a violin concerto one has to be more careful. Some years ago I heard in Paris the integral of Mozart's violin concertos, splendidly played in two concerts by Anne-Sophie Mutter: she wisely had a reduced orchestra of a handful of musicians only. But here the balance isn't right.
Also, if I much admire the beautiful sound and the virtuoso performance of this young violinist, I think that with the Tchaikowsky concerto she makes excessive use of the portamento. I thought that was now out of fashion; in any case I don't much like it. If that is thought to agree with the character of Tchaikowsky's music, it is open to discussion.
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