MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

AmazonUK   AmazonUS


The Art of the Violin – Berl Senofsky - Volume 3
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Concerto in D major Op 61 (1806) [44:17]
Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63 (1935) [26:38]
Berl Senofsky (violin)
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux; rec. live, Tanglewood, August 1958 (Beethoven)
American Symphony Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski, rec. live, Carnegie Hall, January 1966 (Prokofiev)
CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD126 [70:57]
Experience Classicsonline

Let’s take a moment to salute Cembal d’Amour in its invaluable restoration work. Who else is going to devote time, patience and excellence to the legacy of American violinist Berl Senofsky? Take a look at the other two volumes in the series – volume 1, volume 2 – and also seek out Bridge’s broadcast of Senofsky’s Walton concerto with the composer conducting (see review) to get a broader perspective on this significant talent. You can also find some biographical details there as well, if his is just a name.
In volume three we have a brace of heavyweight concertos and accompanists.  In the Beethoven Senofsky was joined, at Tanglewood in August 1958, by Boston’s finest directed by Pierre Monteux. In the audience was Fritz Kreisler whose cadenzas Senofsky performed.  From Senofsky’s contribution to a Kreisler edition of The Strad in 1987 we can also learn that the two men went walking together in Stockbridge in the Berkshires; Kreisler’s favourite drink – and this may surprise you – was a chocolate soda.
Senofsky plays the Beethoven with a very sweet tone. His playing is lyric without becoming cloying, and his vibrato is characteristically fast. His playing was never motoric and one should not expect it here; in fact it’s relatively expansive. As he is very much under the microphone there are times when the orchestral lower strings and winds find their statements and counter-statements are over-subdued in the balance. There is rapturous applause after the first movement finishes though, for my tastes, earlier on he can take an elastic approach to tempo modifications. The slow movement is unusually sentimental tonally, though Senofsky’s trills are tightly electric and there’s plenty of lyric intensity in the playing. And the finale is quite relaxed, engaging if not ultimately necessary fully effective. It’s in any case a warmly characterised reading.
For the Prokofiev he was joined by the American Symphony Orchestra and Leopold Stokowski in a performance given at Carnegie Hall in January 1966. The acoustic here is a touch chilly but the work rather suits Senofsky’s tight, fast vibrato and his sense of nervous energy. In the higher positions, I think it’s fair to admit, he can sound tonally rather unrelieved but he brings a sure sense of architecture to bear. He takes an altogether more Oistrakh than Heifetz tempo. I like the slow movement’s central contrasts and the warmly expressive timbral qualities as well as the incisive tensile finale – in no small measure aided by Stokowski. I listened several times to the applause at the end but it sounds rather unnatural - as if at some point a big raucous applause track had been edited over the beginnings of respectful clapping. 
Senofsky admirers have more to detain them here. Their hero is in the highest company in these two works; he plays with enviable assurance throughout and if, in the final resort, one can detect why he never quite made it to the upper echelons one can still admire the very real gifts he possessed, ones that are being so valuably explored in this ever-engrossing series of discs.
Jonathan Woolf


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing




Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.