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Classic Archives: Collector’s Edition - Strings
EUROARTS Blu-ray 3073974 [17 hours]

That's right - 17 hours of recordings on one disc for approximately £39 ($59)!. I cannot allow a reviewer to be tied up for 17 hours just to get a review of one disc but I thought it important to bring this disc to your attention. It demonstrates the amazing capacity of Blu-ray being used here imaginatively and to the full. So this is not a review but just a marker of the existence of this issue.

Len Mullenger

The publishers blurb says:

Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the classic archive 'Collector’s Edition – Strings' offers unique insights into the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This first edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding violinists and cellists of the past.

With more than 17 hours of material lovingly restored, the edition includes various concerti, recitals and interesting documentaries, some in colour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1957-1975 available to Blu-ray disc lovers.

- Mozart: Violin Concerti K216 & K219 (Isaac Stern, Paris 1973)
- Mozart: Adagio for Violin K261 (Isaac Stern, Paris 1973 / Nathan Milstein, London 1957)
- Mozart: Rondo for Violin K373 (Nathan Milstein, London 1957)
- Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin Sz.117 (Ivry Gitlis, Paris 1962)
- Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (Henryk Szeryng, Paris 1962)
- Beethoven: Violin Concerto Op.61 (Arthur Grumiaux, Paris 1965 / Leonid Kogan, Paris 1966 / Nathan Milstein, London 1972)
- Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano Op.102, 1 & 2 (Pierre Fournier, Paris 1969, 1970)
- Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No.3 Op.69 (Paul Tortelier, Paris 1969)
- Brahms: Violin Concerto Op.77 (Henryk Szeryng, Paris 1962)
- Debussy: Beau soir (Leonid Kogan, London 1963)
- Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major (Christian Ferras, Paris 1963)
- Handel: Violin Sonata in E major, HWV 373 (Leonid Kogan, London 1963)
- Leclair: Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo Op.9, No.3 (Henryk Szeryng, Paris 1963)
- Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Op.64 (Arthur Grumiaux, Nice 1961)
- Paganini: Caprice for Solo Violin Op.1 No.14 (Arthur Grumiaux, Nice 1961)
- Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante for Violoncello and Orchestra Op.125 (Mstislav Rostropovich, Cannes 1970)
- Ravel: Tzigane (Henryk Szeryng, Paris 1963)
- Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra Op.33 (Pierre Fournier, Paris 1969)
- Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso Op.28 (Ivry Gitlis, Paris 1971)
- Schumann: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra Op.129 (Pierre Fournier, Paris 1966)
- Shostakovich: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No.1 Op.107 (Mstislav Rostropovich, London 1961)
- Sibelius: Violin Concerto Op.47 (Christian Ferras, Paris 1965)
- Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major (Christian Ferras, Paris 1967)
- Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Op.35 (Ivry Gitlis, Paris 1965)
- La Musique et la nature. A film by Bruno Monsaingeon (Tortelier 1972)
- The Tortelier family in concert 1964