I am at a loss for a vinous metaphor for the disjointed Ehnes/Davis version I listened to this afternoon in the interests of giving it another go . Ehnes does play beautifully and with much feeling at times but there is something very lacklustre about the whole thing - sometimes the orchestra sounds like it is not listening to the soloist at all.
I went back to Menuhin/Boult and the passion with which the LPO play the introduction is magnificent in comparison.
Isn't the Campoli version with Boult a delight ? Every time I play it I fall for it more and more .
Love Campoli's recordings. Every one a winner that I've heard.
Sdly that doesn't yet include the Elgar!
Thought I would dig out this thread as usually when I want to listen to Ida H in this concerto I go for the Rattle 1984 Prom performance .
So thought I would give the Haendel/Boult another spin . Yes it is slow but heavens is it beautifully played by both soloist and orchestra . She really does make every note say something and the glow of the accompaniment is gorgeous .