- Audio CD (March 17 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: London
- ASIN: B0000042FS
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Violin Concerto: I. Allegro|
|2. Violin Concerto: II. Andante|
|3. Violin Concerto: III. Presto in moto perpetuo|
|4. Baal shem: I. Vidui (Contrition)|
|5. Baal shem: II. Nigun (Improvisation)|
|6. Baal shem: III. Simchas Torah (Rejoicing)|
|7. Violin Concerto: I. Andante tranquillo|
|8. Violin Concerto: II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana|
|9. Violin Concerto: III. Vivace|
Although condsidering the total lack of resonance and depth from the G string, one could assume the engineers used two mics and combined the sound out-of-phase to render a dead-center mono signal with the lower tones scattered into oblivion. There is no evidence at any moment that he is in the same room with the orchestra. There are two distinct and radically different acoustical environments mixed together. Mixed, not blended.
Overall, the recording is exceedingly harsh with red-hot frequencies between 2k and 9K. The Barber is one of the warmest pieces in the repertoire and here it sounds cold and cruel. The recording of the orchestra doesn't fare much better with the initial Timp forte overloading the system and distorting. The sound doesn't improve until the last movement of the Walton when, for the first time, there is some slight hall resonance associated with the violin.
What the heck were these guys thinking?
Bell is noted for the poetic musicality of his performances; an outstanding American artist. His artistry is not well served here. This recording is a despicable mess.
If you can hear through the technical slop, then enjoy Bell's artistry, but my ear was stopped cold. Very cold.