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Berg Violin Concerto (question for Art Dudley, and others)

I'm looking for recommendations for recordings of the Berg Violin Concerto. (I know this is one of Art Dudley's favorite pieces, thus the shout-out in the subject) I have the Perlman/Ozawa one, and it just doesn't grab me. The recording is typically bad 1970s DG, and Perlman doesn't sound like he actually likes the piece of music (Both Ozawa and Perlman sound much better on the other piece/flip side, which is Stravinsky's violin concerto).

I've poked around on Arkivmusic, and the ones that seem like they might be more to my liking are the Grumiaux one and the Mutter one. I have Grumiaux's recordings of the Bach violin concerti and the Mozart violin concerti, and they're great, and his tone is absolutely gorgeous. I've seen Mutter live once or twice, and she's a great player, and her recording has gotten good reviews, for both playing and sound.

Anyone have any recommendations? I'd prefer CD, if only because most of my listening these days is through my iPod and a headphone amp, rather than in my full system, but if there's something that's LP only (or SACD or DVD), I'll certainly consider it if it's readily obtainable.

thanks,

Lionel

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Re: Berg Violin Concerto (question for Art Dudley, and others)

I like Kyung Wha Chung/Solti... should be able to find a CD of it.

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Re: Berg Violin Concerto (question for Art Dudley, and others)

The Mutter recording is superb, one of her better efforts, and the stereo version I turn to most. Ivry Gitlis recorded an equally good version for Vox, though the mono sound isn't as good, if that matters to you.

Rebecca Hirsch on Naxos is also extremely good, and Christian Ferras on EMI is also very good, but he's one of my favorite violinists and I like him in pretty much everything.

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Re: Berg Violin Concerto (question for Art Dudley, and others)

Ended up buying the Mutter, which is fantastic. The piece is as good as I thought it was. (I'm a fan of Wozzeck and the Piano Sonata, but that Perlman version of the Violin Concerto was really...bleah.) The fantastic bonus was the piece by Wolfgang Rihm on the same disc. Gorgeous, in a true 20th Century Expressionist way. Very reminiscent of 60's Ligeti. Must seek out more by Rihm. Any suggestions?

Now halfway tempted by Gitlis and/or Gertler for another version, but must remember that my wife is on unemployment and I can't spend my usual amount on music.... (maybe there's some reasonably priced vinyl on ebay...)

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