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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely fine modern performance beautifully precise and icy, 6 May 2013
This review is from: Sibelius/Walton: Violin Concertos (Audio CD)
Well this was recorded with the very best sound quality, one of the very finest of the Philips SACDs ever made. It is also a truly memorable and exhilarating orchestral and soloist collaboration. Akiko Suwonai is absolutely spot on with her Sibelian musical interpretation and unsurpassed technical perfection. The first movement is chillingly icy, searingly intense bleak emotion, and moments of revelatory fire without warmth. An astonishingly true rendition of the score, really getting to the heart of this masterpiece, and so utterly thrilling. The poignant second movement is heart rending, lonely and yearning. The finale drives relentlessly and towards its roiling and seething conclusion with passion and finesse, no diva affectations just beautifully judged interplay between silvery soloist and deep dark orchestra.

The performance of the Walton is extremely satisfying in every way. The tone and lyricism are exquisitely judged. The conductor is a fine Waltonian judging by this recording. The CBSO capture both the English-ness and the warm mediterranean idiom impeccably and tastefully. I rate this recording at least the equal to Heifetz/Walton, Kyung-Wha Chung/Previn, and Camilla Wicks, way beyond the much-loved Kennedy, more flowing than Ehnes, and far superior in recorded sound to anything else on record.

This has become a cult recording in Hybrid SACD format, justifiably so in my opinion, though I cannot see many people forking out the asking price. Those with the sound system to appreciate it should seriously consider it. I cannot imagine ever getting tired of listening to this.
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Initial post: 8 May 2013 23:54:30 BDT
Samwise says:
Thanks for a thoughtful tantalising review. Why o why did the Philips Hybrid SACDs not get reissued? Surely after Philips went bump someone could have collected the rights to print these again?
So many fine recordings not in print any more sadly.
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