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Tchaikovsky, Sibelius: Violin Concertos - Kyung-Wha Chung, André Previn

Tchaikovsky, Sibelius: Violin Concertos - Kyung-Wha Chung, André Previn

Universal (Japan)  UCGD-9026

Stereo Single Layer

Classical - Orchestral


Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Op. 35, Sibelius Violin Concerto Op. 47

Kyung-Wha Chung (violin)
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn (conductor)

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Comment by hiredfox - February 2, 2017 (1 of 1)

A recording that I have wanted for several years but tricky to find as usually OOP. Classic Sounds did the re-mastering in DSD direct from analogue tapes. An expensive acquisition for sure especially with near worthless pound sterling and the interfering hand of Customs authorities but worth every penny for me.

Kyung-Wha Chung's Tchaikovsky has been the benchmark recording for over 40 years and seems unlikely to be surpassed. There is far more to hear here than on the vinyl disc and in some ways is even more enjoyable than the LP but don't expect miracles. Orchestral congestion in crescendo is better delineated here than on LP, over-loading of the hall acoustic and the recording medium cannot be eliminated but the quieter and solo passages are sublime with highly accurate instrumental tone and timbres. These strike me as marginally more satisfying than with direct DSD recording - but this is not the place to start an endless technical debate.

The Sibelius is a little more run-of-the-mill so I'll stick with Anne-Sophie Mütter.

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Recording: Kingsway Hall, London, 6/1970