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Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Ida Haendel

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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47

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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
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Notes & Reviews:

Ida Haendel was rightly branded the "Grande Dame of the Violin" back at the time when it remained a staunchly male domain. When she was seven years of age she met in the final of the Wieniawski Violin Competition such virtuosos as David Oistrakh and Ginette Neveu. Her performances of Elgar's, Bruch's and Beethoven's violin concertos still rank among the benchmark recordings. At the age of twenty-one, the Polish violinist was lauded by Jean Sibelius himself, who greatly esteemed her interpretation of his work, the most frequently recorded violin concerto of the 20th century up to the present day. The recording contained on this CD is an invaluable and hitherto unreleased document of the concert that took place at Prague's Rudolfinum on 18 October 1957. With the utmost mastery, precision and naturalness, the soloist performed the two works with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karel Ancerl. The special atmosphere was also contributed to by the fact that Jean Sibelius had died less than a month prior to the concert. The sound quality of the recording and the soloist's flawless live performance (note perfect) are truly awesome. This recording is an encounter with a living legend.

Recorded live at the Rudolfinum, Prague, on October 18, 1957. Digitally remastered from the original mastertapes in 2010.

Works:
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto In D major, Op.61 (rec. 1959)
JEAN SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto In D Minor, OP.47 (rec.1959)

Ida Haendel was rightly branded the "Grande Dame of the Violin" back at the time when it remained a staunchly male domain. When she was seven years of age she met in the final of the Wieniawski Violin Competition such virtuosos as David Oistrakh and Ginette Neveu. Her performances of Elgar's, Bruch's and Beethoven's violin concertos still rank among the benchmark recordings. At the age of twenty-one, the Polish violinist was lauded by Jean Sibelius himself, who greatly esteemed her interpretation of his work, the most frequently recorded violin concerto of the 20th century up to the present day. The recording contained on this CD is an invaluable and hitherto unreleased document of the concert that took place at Prague's Rudolfinum on 18 October 1957. With the utmost mastery, precision and naturalness, the soloist performed the two works with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karel Ancerl. The special atmosphere was also contributed to by the fact that Jean Sibelius had died less than a month prior to the concert. The sound quality of the recording and the soloist's flawless live performance (note perfect) are truly awesome. This recording is an encounter with a living legend.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rudolfinum, Prague (10/18/1957).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
  • Performer: Ida Haendel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Running Time: 43 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1806

>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
  • Performer: Ida Haendel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Running Time: 32 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1903-1904