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Discussion: Elgar: Violin Concerto - Tasmin Little

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Post by hiredfox November 19, 2010 (1 of 26)
I totally agree with Polynomials review of this extraordinarily fine disc. His 10/10 ratings are if anything an underestimate!

I have heard this piece performed in concert a few times over the years most recently by James Ennes with the BSO at Poole last year and yes it can be difficult for new listeners used to the haunting melody of the Cello concerto. James brought a new energy and sparkle to this piece which I must confess had not always been a favourite of mine until then.

Now in this centenary month of the Elgar Violin concerto - Elgar conducted the first performance on 10/11/1910 - Tasman Little has capped them all with an exquisitely crafted performance of gentleness and deep sensitivity that moved me almost to tears.

Very ably supported by the SNSO under Andrew Davis and benefiting from what must be surely Chandos's best ever recorded sound on disc with fine balance between soloist and orchestra, especially evident in the cadenza, this is a surefire winner. I note already that Gramophone has chosen it as Disc of the Month in their latest edition. It is not surprising, a truly covetable disc.

For those who hesitate over this piece my advice is this is the time to dip your toes in the water, sit back, stretch those legs, sip a G & T or whatever poisons you best and luxuriate in this wonderful bath of sound but don't blame me if you are late for your following appointments...

Oh yes! You do not get short-changed either, this disc has almost 25 minutes of well performed fill-ups in addition to the unusually long concerto (50m).

Thanks to everyone at Chandos

Post by armenian November 19, 2010 (2 of 26)
Despite the mono recording and an awful sound Heifetz has remained my all time favorite in this concerto. Although Menuhin is considered as one of the better interpreters of this concerto I just can not get used to his tone.

I wanted to get this recording but the cover art got in the way, but based on your recommendations I will force myself to order it.

Vahe

Post by Windsurfer November 19, 2010 (3 of 26)
armenian said:

I wanted to get this recording but the cover art got in the way, but based on your recommendations I will force myself to order it.

Vahe

I just cannot imagine letting the "cover art" get in the way of a purchase of something I am going to listen to, not look at.

Everything Hiredfox said above is true. This is an exceptionally fine performance in exceptional sound. Don't miss it. Don't miss Steinbacher's Bartok either - but that music is not easy for everyone to get into - it requires effort on the part of the uninitiated to understand and adapt to Bartok's very special musical language. But I think Elgar's violin concerto is immediately accessible! Buying this is a no-brainer.

Post by dcramer November 19, 2010 (4 of 26)
I wanted to get this recording but the cover art got in the way, but based on your recommendations I will force myself to order it.

Vahe

Yes, I'm sure if YOUR face were on the cover it would sell millions :-)

Post by DSD November 19, 2010 (5 of 26)
I was wondering as well what was wrong with the cover art as Tasmin Little is nice looking with a beautiful smile. Many musicians don't even bother to smile. Just look at how ugly Paavo Jarvi is and he almost never smiles in his cover photos and that doesn't stop me from enjoying his SACDs.

Post by armenian November 19, 2010 (6 of 26)
Yes, I'm sure if YOUR face were on the cover it would sell millions :-)
You are probably correct, but at any rate I just ordered this SACD from MDT.

Vahe

Post by Vaan December 6, 2010 (7 of 26)
I didn´t like the sound on this at all. This is Chandos back in the air hangar with an enormous acoustic. It sounds a bit shrill and light in the bass section. The music is so intimate and heart on the sleeve and Chandos choose to present in a big swoosh of sound. The performance is very fine, but I will not get rid of my old favorites.

Post by Chris December 7, 2010 (8 of 26)
Vaan said:

I didn´t like the sound on this at all. This is Chandos back in the air hangar with an enormous acoustic. It sounds a bit shrill and light in the bass section. The music is so intimate and heart on the sleeve and Chandos choose to present in a big swoosh of sound. The performance is very fine, but I will not get rid of my old favorites.

IMHO compared to the recent Verdi Requiem from CSO and Otello from LSO Live.
This recording like basically all Chandos releases I have, ticks all the boxes for me regarding a natural realistic recording of symphony orchestra.
My only slight reservation would be that the violin is as almost always, far too big compared to how it would sound live.
Both the music and the interpretston get full marks from me. What is so wrong with natural recordings?
Maybe you need to get out more and listen to how live music actually sounds?
Or maybe you need to get better system?
What are you using?
I have heard both the SACD release and the 24/96 download and both sound excellent to me.
best Chris

Post by Vaan December 7, 2010 (9 of 26)
I have never heard this vast acoustic in a concert hall, only in really big churches. The sound is totally unnatural and typical of Chandos. The reverberation sounds synthetic. I am not alone in disliking the sound:
http://theclassicalreview.com/cds-dvds/2010/12/elgar-violin-concerto-in-b-minor-op-61-with-alternative-cadenza-the-crown-of-india-op-66-%E2%80%93-interlude-polonia-op-76/

Post by Chris December 9, 2010 (10 of 26)
Vaan said:

I have never heard this vast acoustic in a concert hall, only in really big churches. The sound is totally unnatural and typical of Chandos. The reverberation sounds synthetic. I am not alone in disliking the sound:
http://theclassicalreview.com/

I have never been to that hall either, but the recording sounds a bit like most recordings and live performances I have seen and heard at Prague's Rudolfinum. reverberant yes indeed.
Nevertheless very realistic.
But then again to each his own. We agree on the music and interpretation though, don't we.
Greetings from Ice Bear guesthouse Negombo Sri Lanka where I will spend Christmas this year.

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