I am intrigued by a Menuhin/Mehta version - where is that available ?
I am alarmed to note I own 15 of these already !
For me, Nigel Kennedy every time. Although I think he played it better second time around but Tod Handley was a little better than Sir Simon for his first recording. However, Sir Simon was superb for Ida Haendel on Testament whereas Boult was less convincing for La Haendel (also Testament)for her 1978 performance. (IM very HO!)
There have been a few new versions since the last time the concerto was last done on BAL. Really looking forward to this one.
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Does anyone know the Igor Oistrakh version on Olympia? (Moscow Radio Symphony/Zhuk). It's not really idiomatic but, BOY, does he knock it into the middle of next week!!
I also have another 2 conducted by Menuhin. Sitkovetsky (RPO, 1994) and Leland Chen, (Armenian P.O., 1994)
Both good if not great performances.
I too can only find the Walton in Cincinatti in 41 and the Sargent in London 49. Heiftez was an RCA artist for almost all his life so I'd expect it to be on that label, at least in the USA and probably here too. Unless there's a radio/live performance out there somewhere?
Menuhin's second studio recording, with the New Phil and Boult is hardly given a mention these days, but it is the version I grew up on and I still hold it high in my affections.
What's that recording in the EMI Elgar Edition?
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)