EMI / Columbia - Testament - SAX 2579 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
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Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes,cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.
LP. Bach - Concerto for Two Violins in D minor - Sonata in C Major for Two Violins Vivaldi - Concerto grosso, Op 3 No. 11 Recorded in stereo
one should of course use with BWV 1043 because, despite changing listening habits in Baroque music, this recording is one of the largest, most fascinating in the history of recorded music. Nevertheless, it is the Vivaldi, for the sake of which many will particularly love this record. How the instruments play around are moments of unique musical communication and beauty. The Bachmann Sonata, BWV 1037, is a rare addition to Milstein's legendary recording of solo sonatas and parties. Here, too, the summit of two great violinists of the twentieth century is extraordinarily fertile - no self-evident! (A Repertory Pflichtstück this LP but if only because there of the big Erica Morini only a limited number of shots from the hi-fi era ...) - The Testament Reissue met in terms of pressure and mastering highest audiophile demands!
Milstein was one of the finest violinists of the 20th century. While he did not have the technical brilliance of Jascha Heifetz—who did—Milstein thrilled audiences for almost sixty years with a superb technique, a rich tone, and a warmer, slightly more romantic sound than Heifetz. This recording was made in 1965, nineteen years before he retired. Erika Morini was a child prodigy who made her orchestral debut in Berlin in 1917 when she was 13 years old. She was noted as being one of the finest violinists of her generation. She retired in 1976. Here we have two master violinists performing BWV 1043, one of Bach's finest compositions. The two violins weave in and out in with the orchestra and each other in perfect ensemble. An excellent performance of a much recorded piece. The Vivaldi piece is less well known than the Bach, which is unfortunate as it is a lovely work. This is a splendid baroque piece. The performance is delicate, thoughtful, and played to perfection. The sound quality of both the Bach and the Vivaldi are superb. If you are into Baroque music this album is a must have for you. - PositiveFeedback Review
"He could well have been the most nearly perfect violinist of his time." - Harold Schonberg
These EMI recordings show Milstein at his best. The remastering is excellent and the original recording quality is superb by any standard. And the performances? Well, it's Milstein!
Nathan Milstein, violins
Erica Morini, violins
Betty Fischer, piano
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Strings
1. 1st Movement: Vivance
2. 2nd Movement: Largo, ma non tanto
3. 3rd Movement: Allegro
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, Cello and Strings (Op. - 'L'estro armonico' No. 11)
4. 1st Movement: Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
5. 2nd Movement: Largo
6. 3rd Movement: Allegro
Sonata in C major for Two Violins and Figured Bass
7. 1st Movement: Adagio
8. 2nd Movement: Alla breve
9. 3rd Movement: Largo
10. 4th Movement: Gigue (Presto)
Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes, cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.