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Paganini
Violin Concerto in D, Op.6
Strauss
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8
Tchaikovsky
Valse-Scherzo, Op.34
Boris Belkin (violin)

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta [Paganini]
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra [Strauss]
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Paganini recorded in April 1976 in Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv; Strauss recorded in January 1991 in Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin; Tchaikovsky recorded in April 1977 in Kingsway Hall, London
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7488
Duration: 77 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
Two hugely attractive ‘Cinderella’ violin concertos brought to life by Boris Belkin. Paganini’s daredevil concerto – Mehta a lively, spot-on accompanist – is packed with good tunes and pyrotechnics while Richard Strauss’s example is a Romantic beauty with a memorably skittish finale. Ashkenazy’s a fine supporter here as he is in Tchaikovsky’s delicious Valse-Scherzo. Throughout, Belkin judiciously blends musicianship and technical command.

 

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