Mozart & Mendelssohn : Violin Concertos

Mozart & Mendelssohn : Violin Concertos

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Leonid Kogan, Constantin Silvestri conducting the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Testament SBTLP 1224

Testament Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) :
A - Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216 (1775)EMI SXL
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847) :
B - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1845)

Recorded in November 1959 in Paris.

Is this new record better than the best version of this legendary recording? The Columbia-EMI reissue by Testament in 2012 (SSAX 1744) already sounded better than a mint original edition. But recently the original master tape of this recording was discovered in Paris, in better condition than the London-EMI tape is, with an extended bandwidth, more dynamics and a more detailed, warmer sound!

Leonid Kogan used two Guarneri del Gesù violins : the 1726 ex-Colin and the 1733 ex-Burmester. He used French bows by Dominique Peccatte. Many speculate that he played on all steel strings, though there is not an outright confirmation. While his close associates indicate he played on gut strings with a steel 'e', it is most likely that he used different combinations over the course of his career. 

The EMI Kogan recordings from 1950s and 1960s used to belong to Columbia, who released about five stereo recordings : Brahms Violin Concerto (SAX 2307), Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (SAX 2323), Lalo Symphonie espagnole (SAX 2329), Beethoven Violin Concerto (SAX 2386), and Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 / Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (SAX 1744). Today these original records are among the most sought-after for classical vinyl collectors; for example, the Beethoven Violin Concerto (SAX 2386) soars up to 10,000 sterling pounds in eBay auctions (ref : www.popsike.com). 

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, using pure analogue components only, from the original studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed at Pallas.

The origina EMI-Capitol SSAX 1744, previously re-issued by Testament

The origina EMI-Capitol SSAX 1744, previously re-issued by Testament