Label: His Masters Voice - ALP 1756 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Baroque
CD-1  Orchestral Suites Nos. I have heard the set once through - the most impressive single impact for me was that of the harpsichordist Ronald Kinloch Anderson's performance in the Musical Offering. I had not previously realised that Menuhin had ever been involved in a recording of this work.
All in all Yehudi Menuhin at the price a fascinating set, with intermittently sublime ensemble playing. They were Bath Festival Chamber Orchestra - The Brandenburg Concertos . I have a lot to say about them probably not too interesting! Eschewing the heavy orchestral arrangements of the previous decades, Menuhin performs these works with much smaller forces that the conductors who preceded him. Nevertheless, these are far from what today is called historically informed performances.
There is, however, a certain unity of tone in these performances that few conductors of this period managed to achieve. Listening to them attentively, with headphones, one can hear the many subtle effects that Menuhin instilled into these performances, with instrumental groups changing their focus as Yehudi Menuhin music progresses.
In spite of the tempi, these are very engaging performances, and the lush, legato sound of the strings does not sound archaic essentially because of the size of the forces.
Again, the legato and vibrato of the strings gives it a slightly anachronic sound, but this sound is not without charm. Unfortunately, the recording of the harpsichord in this work - as in many of the pieces in this set - is poor; in the opening Ricercar, the harpsichord seems to phase in and out, and Peanut Vendor - Casablanca Steel Band*, Brute Force Steel Band*, Virgin Island Steel Band - Music Fr higher end of its sound is muffled often, giving it a distant, incomplete tone.
The sound is also unequal throughout the piece, with some parts sounding much better than others. The Brandenburg Concertos feature much more sprightly tempi than the Orchestral Suites, and very attractive orchestration with relatively small forces; about as large as that commonly used for HIP recordings today. The soloists all sound fine, with the exception of the harpsichord, which is a bit low in the mix, at times.
The interplay of the musicians creates a delightful atmosphere, and this recording rivals many of the best HIP recordings is vigor and energy. The Harpsichord Concertos, a total of nine, for one, two, three and four harpsichords, are played J.S. Bach* the same vigor and bright energy. Unfortunately, the sound is not very flattering for the keyboard instruments - they are very soft, and do not make it through the music when the entire orchestra is playing.
When they are playing solo passages, their J.S. Bach* volume means that listening to this disc one is confronted with a wide dynamic range: to hear the harpsichords, it must be turned up fairly loud, but, in this case, the orchestra is quite loud. In spite of his brilliant playing, they lack the overall energy that is heard in the other works. This is a fine set of recordings that show how Bach can be beautiful with a classic, yet restrained approach.
Only the violin concertos lack the same drive, but, given the super-budget price of this set, this is not an issue. Feedback to the above Review Harry J. I have the Menuhin violin concertos, and, like you, do not connect with 'em. I shall keep an eye out for 'em. I tend to prefer HIP-type performances, another reason I steered clear of Menuhin, figuring it would be Bath Festival Chamber Orchestra - The Brandenburg Concertos kind of like his violin concertos.
But then, Richter and Casals are among my favorite conductors. Steinman] Menuhin's concerto performances are, agreed, not his finest Bach moments as a performer.
But may I mention his Angel recordings transferred from LP? IMO they manifest the greatness of the man and the musician as much as anything he has recorded since his first Elgar Concerto. You will Rei Do Gado - Sérgio Reis - Seleção Essencial many open-minded people on this list.
I recently posted a review of Yehudi Menhuin's orchestral suites - I found them to be exceptional in their grace and subtlety. Harry J. The Recordings and Cantata Lists would probably have more recognition of the wonderful un-HIP recordings, if nice folks like you commented more on the very fine recordings that are among your favorites.
Once again, I can only comment on the lack of grandeur in many HIP versions, probably caused by the performers' reliance IMOon musicological J.S.
Bach* than musical principles. Ofcourse, I Eighty-One - Miles Davis - E.S.P. others have different opinions about this. The music is magnificient but removing some of the repeats often makes things tighter, although not strictly according to the Baroque traditions "rules". However, I didn't quite understand what you meant by "lack of grandeur" in this context. Neil Halliday wrote Februasry 27, : Juozas Rimas wrote: "However, I did'nt quite understand what you meant by "lack of grandeur" in this J.S.
Bach*. I confess I just took the opportunity to air my opinions regarding performance of the "grand" opening movements of these works, rather than address the main point of your message. To go to the point of your post, my recollection of a version of the first two suites, which I like - Herman Scherchen and the Vienna State Opera orch.
Perhaps there is no hard and fast rule, and the change to triple time marked Lentemente in my pocket score of the final section in the case of the 2nd B minor Sissel Ingri Andersen, Kim Haugen - Amelis Sang / Manzanero-Land has already been mentioned. Regarding grandeur and "dotted rythmn", slower tempi seem to achieve this more convincingly than quicker tempi most common with HIPand the Scherchen is as grand as the 'Hall of Mirrors Versailles Palace pictured on the LP's cover!
For this reason I was disappointed by Neville Marriner's version of the former in the film "Amamdeus", compared with a more measured performance by Ferdinand Grossman on an old "Oriole" LP which I have. I usually love Marriner's workand Karajan's version of the latter is unbelievably majestic and dramatic, compared with some more recent versions. I hope you don't mind the digression. Home Page.
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