Schumann's violin concerto

April 16, 2006 at 09:26 PM · What are people's opinion on this work? Best recordings?

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April 16, 2006 at 11:11 PM · Greetings,

check out the other thread.

Great recording: Kulenkampf.

Less interesting: Menuhin.

There are some good modern recording coming out as interest in this great work is really growing apace,



April 17, 2006 at 01:38 AM · Andrew Manze told me an interesting story about Menuhin & the R Schumann VC. He said that Menuhin was asked which CDs that he felt most "happy" about by the BBC. Oddly, it was not the Beethoven VC or the famous Elgar VC (with the composer). His answer was the Bloch & the R Schumann VC. So, you see - artists can choose differently from us.

For myself, I feel happy about Joshua Bell's, Szeryng's & Kremer's (with Muti) versions.

April 18, 2006 at 06:46 PM · favourite recordings? kulenkampf, hands down.

there aren't many players who capture the feeling of restlessness this piece requires. in a sense it is the violinistic counterpart to brahms' 1st piano concerto, with strong ties to c.m. von weber and wagner, perhaps a bit too grandiose for the violin and at times not lyrical enough to suit the instrument. it also has clumsy orchestration and the violin writing is often unsuited to the instrument (the brahms vc has the same problem). nevertheless it is an inspired work and i wish more violinists played it.

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