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3.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos, 27 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Tchaikovsky/Sibelius: Violin Concertos (DECCA The Originals) (Audio CD)
I must say at the outset that I have the original CD not the remastered version and this may make a difference to the recorded sound.
I knew both the works on this CD from my LP versions and bought it because of the reputation of the performers - Kyung Wha Chung with the London Symphony Orchestra under Andre Previn. I have no quarrel on that account but I was disappointed with the Sibelius. Very unusually for Decca, the microphones seem to have been strangely placed because the soloist fades in and out as she moves and plays and the balance with the orchestra is wrong. If soloist or conductor listened to this performance I am surprised they passed it, though the quality of the playing is up to the standard we would expect.
My original assessment was based on the poor quality of the Sibelius recording but I have added another star in the rating because the Tchaikovsky is great!
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2013 17:18:38 BDT
Guy Whit says:
The Penguin Guide makes a point of saying the recording is "well balanced" - and I agree with them. Maybe you have a duff pressing?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2013 20:43:19 BDT
I think you must be right!

Posted on 1 Jul 2013 23:49:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2013 23:52:29 BDT
Gésu says:
Really harsh markdown, I think. I really wonder why only 2 stars to this iconic recording, deducting three stars for what may be considered a minor acoustic problem which nobody else seems to find annoying - or even find at all? I've listened again to my LP, original CD, and the recently released Japanese Remastered SHM SACD. I truly cannot hear what is described in your review.
Do you hear it on your LP?
By all means deduct a point for sound - but to give this recording 2 stars???
If only to set the record straight so to speak, and out of respect for the soloists, orchestra and conductor, it is possible to edit the score you allocated if you felt any pangs..??

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2013 11:05:59 BDT
Well perhaps my rating was a bit harsh. But I cannot really comment on the performance of the Sibelius concerto because it fades in and out. This portion of the disc is unplayable, though I did say that the Tchaikovsky was lovely and a fine performance. Another reviewer commented that perhaps I had a bad pressing as his copy was fine. So strange that it should have affected just one of the two pieces. But I know little of the mechanics of CD preparation so I guess this could happen.
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