Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos

Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos

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Ruggiero Ricci, violin

London Symphony Orchestra
Piero Gamba

Side 1
Mendelssohn: Violin Concert in e minor, Op. 64
1 I Allegro molto appassionato- Andante (20:27)
2 II Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace (7:02)

Side 2
Bruch: Violin Concert No.1 in g minor, Op. 26
1 I Vorspiel: Allegro Moderato-Adagio (16:06)
2 II Final: Allegro energico (7:18)

Beeping Classics BLP 058 

Ricci’s performance is clean and sympathetic, and technically brilliant … (he) is far from being one of the virtuosi who ride roughshod over a work. Gamba too conducts with vigour and sympathy.  (In Bruch’s concerto) Ricci has an outstanding technique and he has also a very characteristic tone, which alongside Perlman’s rich sound, for instance, is more open and uncovered. But the performance here has a fine intensity and there is a natural warmth which brings out the music’s temperament without indulging it. The stereo recording matches the playing with well defined quality and plenty of depth.

                                                                                 Penguin Stereo Record Guide

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