Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romance No. 1; Romance No. 2

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Violin Concerto; Romance No. 1; Romance No. 2
PERFORMER: Yehudi Menuhin (violin); New PO/Otto Klemperer; Philharmonia Orchestra/John Pritchard
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 7 64324-2 ADD (1966, 1962)
Menuhin’s 1966 recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Klemperer has real stature – for some, possibly too much. Klemperer tends to take a very solid approach, which is demanding on the listener, but well worth the effort. Menuhin is relaxed and produces a performance of poise and tenderness. The two Romances, accompanied by the lighter touch of Pritchard, are played affectionately. Nicholas Rast

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