Viktoria Mullova, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa – Tchaikovsky, Sibelius – Violin Concertos (1985/2022) SACD ISO

Viktoria Mullova, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa – Tchaikovsky, Sibelius – Violin Concertos (1985/2022)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 01:06:33 minutes | 2,67 GB
Genre: Classical | Publisher (label): Decca Classics – 484 513-3

“Listening to the Mullova again confirms my earlier impression. The Sibelius is magnificent: stern, vigorous and entirely free from the kind of sentimental inflation that has distorted our view of this work. Her Tchaikovsky is harder to take: here I definitely prefer Nigel Kennedy’s genial and warm approach, even though it sounds a little low-powered after the intensity and energy of Mullova. The sound on the Mullova disc is magnificently spacious with the soloist well forward, though on CD the sense of distance between solo violin and various instrumental groups tends to sound wider than on LP, especially in the Sibelius: the stopped horns at fig. 4 in the finale sound as if they’re coming from a completely different part of the hall. Kennedy’s recording sounds entirely natural, so that for the most part one is hardly aware of it. the soloist is reasonably close, but the violin/orchestra perspective is nicely judged. In both recordings the violin tone is well captured: even Mullova’s terrifying crescendo molto at fig. 6 in the first movement of the Sibelius is contained without loss of impact.

Comparing the listed recordings, Mullova, I think, wins outright in the Sibelius, though the Amoyal (Erato) is certainly agreeable without being too sentimental; it’s also well recorded—violin forward again, but with a firm presence. Kremer’s EMI performance (coupled with the Schumann) is well thought out, but most of the time it runs at a rather low voltage. For the Tchaikovsky it’s not so easy. Kennedy’s is an appealing performance, though Amoyal’s affetuoso has a truly natural quality that makes Kennedy sound a trifle arch. Chung’s combination of sweetness and technical super-accomplishment (Decca) has endeared her to many; I find her Tchaikovsky somewhat characterless in comparison, and the sound tends to thinness in orchestral tuttis.” Stephen Johnson, Gramophone


Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59
01. I. Allegro moderato (18:13)
02. II. Canzonetta. Andante (6:03)
03. II. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo (9:54)

Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
04. I. Allegro moderato (16:19)
05. II. Adagio di molto (8:10)
06. III. Allegro, ma non tanto (7:54)

Viktoria Mullova, violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Recorded in Boston in X.1985


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