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  • Audio CD (March 16 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000IOBJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin Concerto In D, Op. 61: 1. Allegro Ma non Troppo (Cadence: F. Kreisler)
2. Violin Concerto In D, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto
3. Violin Concerto In D, Op. 61: 3. Rondo (Allegro) (Cadence: F. Kreisler)
4. Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: 1. Allegro Molto Appassionato
5. Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante
6. Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64: 3. Allegretto Non Troppo- Allegro Molto Vivace

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Yehudi Menuhin and Wilhelm Furtwängler, born a generation apart and separated by a world at war, were nonetheless musical and philosophical soulmates. Their recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, made seven years after they first met, is one of the treasures of the EMI archive, a testament to a bygone era of spontaneous and deeply subjective music-making. There is a nobility to the reading that has never been equaled, an unforced passion that would be difficult for any of today's musicians to duplicate. The monaural recording is remarkably fine, with satisfying depth and abundant detail. --Ted Libbey

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Man in the Hathaway Shirt on May 14 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you love this work you won't want this recording out of your collection, even though arguably both men have an even finer performance in the catalogue: a live performance from 1947 on Music & Arts. But that performance has inferior sound--the violin almost disappears at times--while this one sounds remarkably fine for 1953. WF is on an unmatched spiritual plane here, leading the Philharmonia (NOT the Berlin Philharmonic as some reviews mistakenly say) in a communion. While Menuhin is possibly a bit more "ruddy" than in the 1947 M&A, he's still in fine form overall, even if he drops a note here and there and has the occasional slight intonation problem. This is Beethoven with a life that so few performers give him today, as they're too busy fretting over whether they are rending the text exactly "as Beethoven intended," rather than just living the music. Along with Chung/Tennstedt, Schneiderhan/Jochum, the aforementioned 1947 M&A, Stern/Bernstein (for the wonderful handling of the cadenzas), this is one of the must-own LvB Violin Concerti on record. Notice I didn't mention Heifetz, because I always feel he's more concerned with his own virtuosity than with Beethoven's music. I know that's not the popular view, but I've never been convinced by his recordings. But the reader need have no fear with the present release, which is superb in every way.
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There seems to be some competition here between this one and the Milstein. I started out with the latter and was not disappointed, but I could hardly compare it with any other because it was the only one I had ever heard. Being 'forced' (this has to do with the reviews here) to take a look at Menuhin/Furtwangler I can now say that this combo blows away Milstein in _some_ aspects, which means that you should own them both.
Even though, I listen more to Menuhin. I'm going to quote 'A music fan from Northcoast, USA' here, who wrote, the Menuhin/Furtwangler of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op. 61, is an incredible achievement. Truly, a monumental performance and collaboration'. I couldn't phrase it better, which has probably to do with me being a foreigner.
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Other reviewers have said it all, just a few comments here. The Mendelssohn's concerto here is splendid. Menuhin's performance is really catching, with a slightly "distorted" tempo, still lively as well. And Furtwangler played a better accompany here, I'd say, than that Barenboim did to Perlman, and some others. It's not quite competitive here, instead, it's a considerate work and actually balanced Menuhin's freeswinging performance. While, for the Beethoven's concerto, I'd still recommend the Steinberg/Milstein. Perhaps Milstein's precision and self-possession fits Beethoven better... But anyway that's just my own partiality, and Furtwangler/Menuhins' still worthing listening.
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By A Customer on Sept. 10 1999
Format: Audio CD
So far, I've heard the Beethoven Violin Concerto recordings of Heifetz/Toscanini, Milstein/Steinberg, Szeryng/Haitink, Heifetz/Munch, Sziegeti/Walter and Jamie Laredo. While I personally think that the Milstein is a remarkable asthetic jewel, the Menuhin/Furtwangler of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op. 61, is an incredible achievement. Truly, a monumental performance and collaboration. While Menuhin attacks and stretches his amazing virtuosity, together with Furtwangler and the Philarmonia Orchestra, they glorify Beethoven's concerto. And, their Mendelssohn with the Berliner Philharmoniker is equally beautiful.
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