Another splendid quadraphonic remastering from Pentatone. The solo violin in particular is beautifully captured, balanced perhaps just a little ahead of what might be a normal "concert hall" perspective, but not obtrusively so - orchestral detail is in no way occluded.
There's plenty of depth and width to the orchestral soundstage, rear speakers used discreetly but tellingly to fill out the venue sonically. Szeryng's performances are superbly musical, poised yet also highly virtuosic when necessary (that's most of the time, actually....). There's no element of "showing off" whatsoever in his playing, which is not to say it hasn't got plenty of fire in its belly, because it has, definitely. It's just that Szeryng wasn't that kind of showy musician, just one heck of a good, tasteful violinist. Once again this kind of release makes you wonder exactly how far (if at all) the art of sound engineering has advanced since this type of recording was first being made by the Philips team of the period. I find the results a great deal more involving and musically satisfying than most of the DDD multichannel recordings in my collection. In short, highly recommended. Thank you Pentatone - keep those quad remasters coming!
Remastered Quadro Recording (RQR)
Paganini, Niccolò (1782-1840)
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Op. 6, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor
Henryk Szeryng (violin)
London Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Gibson (conductor)