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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: #185,523 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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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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By Brian H. Williams on Jan. 13 2004
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Many classical fans have lauded this recording. I bought Menuhin's recording with Efrem Kurtz. The performance that EMI has hailed as one of the great recordings of the century. Well, Menuhin's violin is recorded so distantly that it's hard to hear him. And his version with Furtwangler has more insight, but his playing is lacking the smoothness and singing quality that Francescatti and Mitropolous brings to this work. If you believe that Menuhin is one of the best on this work, you should hear Francescatti. He'll make you change your mind.
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A friend lent me this cd, people keep buying Menuhin recordings from any date and mostly are dissappointed with his bad intonation, loss of livelyness and "fire". There is one simple rule if you want a menuhin recording that is great both musically and techinically : DO NOT BUY CD'S OF MENUHIN WHICH WERE RECORDED FROM 1950 ONWARDS! Unless you want a "human" ie "menuhin's mistakes" music. The techinical decline annoys me and it is too obvious to be dismissed.
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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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