Replay Robert Cowan Makes His Pick of the Latest Reissues
Cowan, Robert, The Independent (London, England)
Mention Walton's Violin Concerto and the name Jascha Heifetz springs immediately to mind. Not without some justification, I have to say, especially considering that Heifetz commissioned the work and recorded it twice (in 1941 and 1950). But in 1959 the great French violinist Zino Francescatti stepped in front of the microphones for a performance that, in terms of warmth and commitment, says beautiful things about the Concerto that you won't hear from any other interpreter. Listen, for example, to the unforgettable way he embellishes the return of the first movement's aching principal theme (8'05" into track 1) or his rich-toned playing of the finale's gorgeous second subject …
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Publication information: Article title: Replay Robert Cowan Makes His Pick of the Latest Reissues. Contributors: Cowan, Robert - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 11, 1996. Page number: 23. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.