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Sinfonia concertante in E flat for violin, viola and orchestra, K364
Concertone in C for two violins and orchestra, K190
Alan Loveday (violin) & Stephen Shingles (viola)
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Sir Neville Marriner [K364]

Emanuel Hurwitz & Eli Goren (violins) with Terence Weil (cello) & Peter Graeme (oboe)
English Chamber Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis

K190 recorded in 1960 in London; K364 recorded in October 1970 in St John’s, Smith Square, London
Duration: 59 minutes
Reviewed: February 2007
Both recordings here receive their first CD release. The Sinfonia concertante is very fine, with the ASMF exhibiting the just sense of scale and clarity that so distinguishes its recordings of the symphonies. Loveday and Shingles are eloquent soloists, despite occasional lapses in intonation. Davis’s Concertone, however, is a little four-square (not to mention the boxy recording!) – but charming nevertheless.


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