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Violin Concerto in D, Op.6
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8
Reviewed by: Paul Cherry
Reviewed: December 2006
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7488
Duration: 77 minutes
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.