Magazine article Gramophone

Britten's Violin Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Britten's Violin Concerto

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Three recordings that came before Gudmundsdottir's and how we rated them


Britten Violin Concerto. Op 15

Mark Lubotsky vn

English Chamber Orchestra /Benjamin Britten

Decca [LP] SXL6512 (2.39 [pounds sterling])

The Violin Concerto, most beautifully played here, has not yet fully entered the repertory in its due position as one of the most important violin concertos of our day. I hope this splendid recording will do something to advance its cause; for this is not a wholly easy work to penetrate, having, despite its attractive sound world, a curious, oblique and distinctly disturbing emotional content. Britten discovers a regretful eloquence, an open Romanticism that had been concealed behind a barrier in most of his previous music. John Warrack


Britten Vioiin Concerto, Op 15

Ida Haendel vn

Bournemouth Symphony

Orchestra / Paavo Berglund

HMV [LP] ASD3483(3.99 [pounds sterling])

Haendel's technical security is so complete that there is almost too little sense of uncertainty: the tenderness of the playing leaves one in no doubt that this is one of Britten's earliest masterpieces, in no sense an immature work as it once used to be thought. …

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