CD: Elgar: Violin Concerto; Introduction and Allegro; Funeral March

(BBC Legends)

Yehudi Menuhin famously made two studio recordings of the Elgar concerto, the first as a 16-year-old in 1932 with the composer conducting, the second in December 1965 with Adrian Boult. Nine months earlier Menuhin and Boult had performed the work together with the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall in London, when this BBC recording was made.

Though fans of Boult and Menuhin will want to hear the disc for the sake of completeness, it adds little to the studio version, not only because the recording places the solo violin too far back in the sound picture, but because Menuhin's playing has too many moments of squally tone and technical insecurity.


Andrew Clements

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