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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #60 on: August 24, 2015, 10:50:38 AM »
I have read through this thread as I thought that I would buy at least one more version of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. I already have the following versions….

Accardo + London Symphony Orchestra / Davis
Chung + London Symphony Orchestra / Previn
Ferras + Berlin Philharmonic Orch / von Karajan
Heifetz + London Philharmonic Orchestra / Beecham
Heifetz + Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Hendl
Kavakos + Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Vanska
Lin + Philharmonia Orchestra / Salonen
Little + Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Handley
Oistrakh + Philadelphia Orchestra / Ormandy
Oistrakh + Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra / Rozhdestvensky
Spivakovsky + London Symphony Orchestra / Hannikainen

The recommendations that I have picked up from the thread are as follows….

Anne Sophie Mutter
Hilary Hahn
Ida Haendel
Camilla Wicks
Ginette Neveu
Lisa Batiashvili     
Ricci Ruggiero
Viktoria Mullova

….and the one that intrigues me most is the Lisa Batiashvili. The thread is an old one so I am just wondering if thoughts have changed for a recommendation for this work.

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #61 on: August 24, 2015, 11:06:43 AM »
The recommendations that I have picked up from the thread are as follows….

Anne Sophie Mutter
Hilary Hahn
Ida Haendel
Camilla Wicks
Ginette Neveu
Lisa Batiashvili     
Ricci Ruggiero
Viktoria Mullova

….and the one that intrigues me most is the Lisa Batiashvili. The thread is an old one so I am just wondering if thoughts have changed for a recommendation for this work.

Of these which you are considering, I've only heard the Hahn . . . but, I do not remember her Sibelius well for itself, only the impression of how much better she is in the Schoenberg, where (it seemed to me) the Sibelius was not especially distinguished.

I am probably a contrarian, but I have always been fond of Nigel Kennedy's recording (London Phil/Kamu); also a huge fan of the Gidon Kremer (Berliner Philharmoniker/Maazel).
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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #62 on: August 24, 2015, 11:21:20 AM »
Of these which you are considering, I've only heard the Hahn . . . but, I do not remember her Sibelius well for itself, only the impression of how much better she is in the Schoenberg, where (it seemed to me) the Sibelius was not especially distinguished.

I am probably a contrarian, but I have always been fond of Nigel Kennedy's recording (London Phil/Kamu); also a huge fan of the Gidon Kremer (Berliner Philharmoniker/Maazel).

Thank you for that Karl.
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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #63 on: August 24, 2015, 11:34:52 AM »
The recommendations that I have picked up from the thread are as follows….

The only one I've heard of those is Haendel, which is one of the best I've heard, both for Haendel's febrile playing and Berglund's conducting.  Good sonics as well.

(I actually have Hahn, but don't recall anything about it, if I even listened to the Sibelius, since I bought it for the Schoenberg.)

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #64 on: August 24, 2015, 12:32:39 PM »
The only one I've heard of those is Haendel, which is one of the best I've heard, both for Haendel's febrile playing and Berglund's conducting.  Good sonics as well.

(I actually have Hahn, but don't recall anything about it, if I even listened to the Sibelius, since I bought it for the Schoenberg.)

Thank you for that. I was also inclined to put the Haendel on the short list  :)

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #65 on: August 24, 2015, 12:40:17 PM »
Don't see any mention of the one I've had and liked for decades, Perlman-Previn-Pittsburgh. Is it just me?
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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #66 on: August 24, 2015, 03:08:26 PM »
Don't see any mention of the one I've had and liked for decades, Perlman-Previn-Pittsburgh. Is it just me?

I have a fond distaste for Perlman, so, yes, it's just you. ;) But seriously, we all have our favorites and as long as we have some kind of gateway into the music, that's all that matters.
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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #67 on: August 24, 2015, 06:11:00 PM »
The only one I've heard of those is Haendel, which is one of the best I've heard, both for Haendel's febrile playing and Berglund's conducting.  Good sonics as well.

Yes, Haendel/Berglund gets my vote, too. And if anyone is so inclined the licensed transfer below makes even more of an impression sonics-wise. In the class of "best ever for orchestra" regardless of its vintage.

It does pop up for considerably cheaper on occasion so patience is advised.

 






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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #68 on: August 25, 2015, 02:24:02 AM »
Not mentioned so far in this thread - for a modern recording, Jennifer Pike with Andrew Davis conducting the Bergen PO, on Chandos.
Nor the version I grew up with, Zino Francescatti

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #69 on: August 25, 2015, 09:10:17 AM »
Don't see any mention of the one I've had and liked for decades, Perlman-Previn-Pittsburgh. Is it just me?

No, definitely not mentioned before. I have a number of recordings with Perlman and I do not have any aversion to him. Thank you for that recommendation.

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #70 on: August 25, 2015, 09:13:08 AM »
Yes, Haendel/Berglund gets my vote, too. And if anyone is so inclined the licensed transfer below makes even more of an impression sonics-wise. In the class of "best ever for orchestra" regardless of its vintage.

It does pop up for considerably cheaper on occasion so patience is advised.

 










Thank you for reinforcing that recommendation on the Haendel/Berglund. I think that I will almost certainly inverst in that one.

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #71 on: August 25, 2015, 09:18:08 AM »
Not mentioned so far in this thread - for a modern recording, Jennifer Pike with Andrew Davis conducting the Bergen PO, on Chandos.
Nor the version I grew up with, Zino Francescatti

Thank you for those recommendations, particularly the Zino Francescatti

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #72 on: August 25, 2015, 09:35:55 AM »
John (nor anyone else) hasn't mentioned Segerstam & Kuusisto yet? :o



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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #73 on: August 25, 2015, 12:31:44 PM »
John (nor anyone else) hasn't mentioned Segerstam & Kuusisto yet? :o






Is that a total, all Finnish affair???

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #75 on: August 25, 2015, 02:13:29 PM »

Is that a total, all Finnish affair???
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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #76 on: August 26, 2015, 07:54:55 AM »
Yes it is

That looks very good to me so; thank you for that  8)

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #77 on: August 26, 2015, 02:09:19 PM »
I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned here yet, but y'all need to hear Vilde Frang's recording of the Sibelius VC. It's intense and intensly personal. Absolutely wonderful and idiomatic. I have most, if not all, of the others mentioned in this thread, and Frang's is easily my favorite.

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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #78 on: August 27, 2015, 08:23:15 AM »
I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned here yet, but y'all need to hear Vilde Frang's recording of the Sibelius VC. It's intense and intensly personal. Absolutely wonderful and idiomatic. I have most, if not all, of the others mentioned in this thread, and Frang's is easily my favorite.

SECONDED! The opening alone is to die for. Unfortunately the orchestra is not always up to the high standards of the soloist: I found the tuttis to be somewhat muddy at some points. Still, it's one of my favourites for sure next to Hahn and Mutter's recordings.

That said, I sampled the Zino Francescatti recording from the recently released Bernstein Sibelius boxset on Sony, and did not at all like what I heard. To my ears, his playing sounds scratchy and quite pitchy at times.
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Re: Sibelius' Violin Concerto
« Reply #79 on: August 30, 2015, 09:24:49 PM »
Seldom mentioned, but a personal favorite:  Henryk Szeryng, Rozhdestvensky and the LSO on an old Mercury recording.

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