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Reviews: Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos - Steinbacher, Dutoit

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Site review by Polly Nomial June 27, 2015
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Review by Luukas July 15, 2015 (8 of 11 found this review helpful)
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This disc wasn't an impressive listening experience. I cannot understand why PENTATONE released another recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto! We have hundreds of brilliant recordings available, and this isn't definitely one of them. The previous version Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Fischer, Kreizberg is better in many ways.
PERFORMANCE
I start my review with Tchaikovsky's Concerto. Compared with Fischer, here the tempo choices were much slower. For example, the total time of the first movement was almost 21 minutes! Steinbacher is skillful soloist, but the overall impression was dull and too smooth - she hasn't interesting ideas. Fischer's approach is much better: BBC Music Magazine gave five stars and nominated it as "The Best Recording of the Orchestral Category".
Mendelssohn's Concerto rides on the same line. The performance was boring and uninteresting. PENTATONE will release another recording - Mintz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Abbado - in their REMASTERED CLASSICS Series.
RECORDING
Surprisingly PENTATONE's recording was - at this time - quite unclear. I haven't heard this on surround, so I cannot comment about the surround sound. But on stereo there was too much bass. The voice of the violin was quite distant and quiet.
Not recommended. Buy the older release - Fischer, Russian National Orchestra, Kreizberg - if you want PENTATONE's SACD.
Other recommendation: Vadim Gluzman (violin), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (BIS)

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