Beethoven : Violin Concerto

Beethoven : Violin Concerto

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Leonid Kogan, André Vandernoot, Société des Concerts du Conservatoire (1957)

Testament 1228

Testament Records : LP 180 gram

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) composed the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806. Its first performance by Franz Clement was unsuccessful and for some decades the work languished in obscurity, until revived in 1844 by Joseph Joachim. Since then it has become one of the best-known violin concertos.

Leonid Kogan (1924 - 1982) used to play 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 : Mendelssohn and Mozart Concerto No. 3 (SAX 1744), Brahms Violin Concerto (SAX 2307), Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (SAX 2323), Lalo Symphonie espagnole (SAX 2329), Beethoven Violin Concerto (SAX 2386), 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).

This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI 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.