Violinist Viktoria Mullova performs Violin Concertos by Mendelssohn with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.
The Classical Catalogue is particularly rich in fine recordings of the Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto. But Viktoria Mullova's account is second to none, and she is splendidly accompanied by Marriner and his Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The performance has great warmth and freshness. That moment on which so much depends, the preparation for the arrival of the first movement's second subject, does not disappoint. Indeed the lovely melody arrives with the utmost naturalness and at the beginning of the falling solo arpeggio. Mullova's momentary tenuto is ravishing. She phrases the slow movement most beautifully, too, and Marriner ensures that it does not languish, moving on the middle section persuasively. The finale dances and effervesces gleefully. The recording is one of Philips's very best, which means the balance is natural; the solo timbre does not betray an excessively close microphone, yet is consistently full and beautiful, without in any way lacking presence. The orchestra has bloom as well as weight, and all necessary brilliance.
- Audiophile 180g Virgin Vinyl
- Pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany
- Audiophile analogue mastering by Rainer Maillard at Emil Berliner Studios in Berlin
- Mastered from the Original Masters of Universal Music
- Analogphonic release
|Academy of St. Martin in the Fields|
|Sir Neville Marriner||conductor|
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
- Allegro molto appassionato
- Allegretto non troppo -- Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto in D minor
- Allegro molto
Recorded January 1990 in London