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

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Post by acousticsguru January 2, 2015 (1 of 1)
To put my review into perspective, half a dozen of those recordings of the Sinfonia Concertante I'd rather listen to than the one here with Pelliccia:

Mozart/Oistrakh & Oistrakh; Kondrashin, MPO: Sinfonia Concertante K.364 (1963) Decca/FIM XRCD
Mozart/Oistrakh & Oistrakh, BPO: Sinfonia Concertante K.364 (1972) EMI
Mozart/Brandis, Cappone; Böhm, BPO: Sinfonia Concertante K.364 (1966) DG Originals
Mozart/Heifetz, Primrose; I. Solomon: Sinfonia Concertante K.364 (1956) RCA LSC
Mozart/Grumiaux, Primrose; Ackermann: Sinfonia Concertante K.364 (1955) Archipel
Mozart/Druian, Skernick; Szell, CO: Sinfonia Concertante K.364 (1963) Epic/Sony

The audiophile pick here, and one that I'd love to see in SHM-SACD form, would be the Decca with the legendary Oistrakh father (on viola!) and son team. When it comes to hearing Grumiaux with a partner of equal stature (it's usually the viola part that makes or breaks the Sinfonia Concertante), despite the decidedly non-audiophile sound quality, the live performance with Primrose is worth hearing.

Greetings from Switzerland, David.