Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romance in F

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: ASV
WORKS: Violin Concerto; Romance in F
PERFORMER: The Philharmonia/Andrew Davis
CATALOGUE NO: CDQS 6080 DDD (1988)
Oscar Shumsky’s performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with Andrew Davis and The Philharmonia, was warmly received when it first appeared in 1988. For some, however, his old-fashioned approach might seem a little affected. Orchestra and soloist work well together, although Shumsky is a little too close and, to my taste, the general ambience is rather too strident. These reservations are less apparent in the Second Romance which completes the disc. Nicholas Rast

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