Pieces by violinists
I was unsure about what to call this, but has there ever been a piece (concerto, sonata etc.) that you had never liked until hearinh a certain musicians interpretation of it?
Mine is Mendelssohn concerto. I couldn't get into it (I listened to about 4 recordings before I found the "one"). My go to one, which is still the only one I can get through is by favourite, Shlomo Mintz
How about you guys?
The chaconne. To date, Gitlis is the only violinist whose recording I don't absolutely hate. All the others I've heard add so many stupid gimmicks to the music, like arpeggiating all the chords ("because hipp") or playing the entire thing as if they had a metronome click going ("because hipp") or using a baroque setup that only serves to completely flatten all the dynamics.
I was never a huge fan of Scarlatti sonatas until I heard Horowitz's album of them. Probably just bias though (I've always adored Horowitz).
I didn't find Sibelius until I heard Ferras play it. It's over the top but anything less just feels wrong for that piece. Ironically I like Hahn's Bach a lot, which is the polar opposite. I like Heifetz's Bach a lot as well and everything he ever played.
If I may, I have had an experience that was somewhat the reverse of what you describe. As a young child I grew up listening to the Mendelssohn violin concerto from a 1972 Deutsche Grammonphon recording, played by the soloist Yong Uck Kim, with the Bamberger Symphony. That interpretation by Yong Uck Kim is really idiosyncratic, if you can get a chance to listen to it, give it a try! But as a child it was the the only version I knew. Then later hearing the first "conventional" interpretation (I think it was Menuhin but I don't really remember) was really a shock for me, and it took me a while to like the conventional interpretation.
I don't know that I can put anything that strongly, but hearing Bach's organ arrangement of his E-major Prelude, played more like a fanfare than show off piece, was quite some revelation.
Quite a few - probably more than I can recall right now.
Hi Jean -- I found the Mendelssohn recording by Yong Uck Kim on YouTube. I enjoyed listening to it, but it did not strike me as that different or idiosyncratic (aside from the cadenza which was played much slower than usual). Can you elaborate? Thanks!
Same as Peter -- I didn't quite understand the slow movement of the Sibelius concerto until I heard Hilary Hahn play it (also with Salonen, but live in concert).
Coming from a different angle, but I don't care for many renditions of Kreisler's short pieces after hearing his interpretations. For example, everyone plays Prelude and Allegro, but it's not easy to play well. I don't think Kreisler recorded it but Ida Haendel's version is great, and there are a few others.
I'm with Gene, Jean. I thought it was a perfectly cromulent recording.