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Reviews: Mozart: Violin Concertos 3 & 5, Sinfonia Concertante - Grumiaux, Pelliccia, Davis

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Review by acousticsguru December 16, 2014 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This, to me, is one of the handful most successful Esoteric remasterings. The luminosity of Grumiaux' tone, the sheer joy of music-making, sheer bliss. Been listening to e.g. the Fischer and Thorsen SACDs lately, but hearing this, one is reminded some things were indeed better in the olden days… If I had had a say in this, I'd not have chosen the Sinfonia Concertante with Pelliccia, as I know at least half a dozen recordings that I prefer (having said that, it's not bad at all, just not on the exalted level of the Violin Concertos - it's also less lively and dynamic sonically, all in all a slightly but noticeably less inspired affair). A complete box-set of all the Concerti, possibly with the Sonatas with Clara Haskil, too, in a remastering like this - well, one can't have everything…

Greetings from Switzerland, David.

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Review by mwgfrg December 31, 2014 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I would almost completely agree. This SACD release of half of Grumiaux's Mozart concerto set is the best sounding transfers these wonderful recordings have ever received, even better than the Japanese LPs. My only quibble is that while it is true that it's sound does not quite match the fine quality given the two concertos, the Sinfonia Concertante has always seemed to me as fine a performance as any of the others, making the entire disc a treasure. Now if we could get the other three concertos in the set, and maybe the four Bishop/Davis Mozart piano concerto recordings in SACD....Oh, well, this is a wonderful start.

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