MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around

  2022
 57,903 reviews
   and more ... 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

 

paid for
advertisements

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews


TROUBADISC
Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews


FOGHORN Classics

Alexandra-Quartet
Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews


All HDTT reviews


Clarissa Bevilacqua plays
Augusta Read Thomas

all Nimbus reviews

Brahms Dvorak
Brahms 2 Dvorak 7
all tudor reviews

 

 


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

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

 

Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Loughton
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom

jonathan_woolf@yahoo.co.uk


 

REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

Availability

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Symphony No. 41 in C, K551 Jupiter (1788) [28:59]
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (1806) [42:28]
Leonid Kogan (violin)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Hans Rosbaud
rec. live, 26 November 1960, Carnegie Hall, NYC
FORGOTTEN RECORDS FR1049 [71:27]

How many performances of Kogan’s Beethoven Concerto does one need? I’ve wondered aloud about this before in a review, but it is still the question to ask, as more examples keep appearing. On the other hand, as I have yet to encounter a performance of his – live or in the studio – that is anything less than wonderful, I’m going to take the safe reviewers’ position of ‘enough is never enough’. His consistency never suggests routine; his tonal resources never become generic. No matter the conductor, often but not always Russian, Kogan’s playing touches Olympian heights, though never ones of Olympian detachment.

Let’s consider this New York performance with Hans Rosbaud. It was given before a somewhat bronchial audience in November 1960. The year before he’d set it down in the studio with Silvestri, and this is the recording that has probably gained the greatest currency. There are few modifications here from that Paris LP; slightly broader here in New York in the first two movements, though not in such a way that the contours of the concerto are in any way alien to a Kogan-listener. Kogan’s approach is characteristically unruffled, and not overly personalised. Rosbaud takes a scruff-of-the-neck approach to tuttis, and brings out horn and wind harmonies in a most striking fashion. Indeed, remarkably, some of the little phrases sound like proto-Mahlerian themes. The slow movement is rapt as ever, with real fluidity of bowing and tight trills. The finale sets off impetuously, and there are delicious dovetailing moments between Kogan and the winds. The sound is good, though obviously it’s in mono, and there’s a layer of residual tape or other hiss. It didn’t bother me in the slightest.

I always enjoy listening to Rosbaud who is, with Schuricht, a conductor who thrived on live performance. His Jupiter Symphony has been captured on disc elsewhere, and also – like here – live. It’s powerful but not marmoreal. The New York brass is given its head but there is sufficient sectional discipline to convey its weight. Indeed Rosbaud’s reading of the slow movement of the symphony touches almost on the tragic, and is the absolute high point in the performance.

Kogan and Beethoven make, for me, an almost perfect match, proved once more by this excellent live performance. Add Rosbaud’s authoritative and sometimes novel voicings here, and his impressive Mozart, and you have a disc to savour.

Jonathan Woolf



 

 



Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews


all cpo reviews

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


All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews

 

Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus

September 2022

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2022/Sep/Medtner-melodies-Ang.htm
Nikolai Medtner

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2022/Sep/schubert-symph-8-&-9-blomstedt-DG4863045.htm
Herbert Blomstedt

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2022/Sep/Tarrodi-elements-DBCD204.htm
Tarrodi Four Elements

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2022/Sep/Verdi-falstaff-57951.htm

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2022/Sep/Letters-secret-4860462.htm
Secret Love Letters
Lisa Batiashvili