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    Tchaikovsky's violin concerto ...

    This is probably one of my favourite pieces of all time. I have several recordings, but my current favourite is Hilary Hahn, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

    What is your favourite recording of this incredible masterpiece??
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    About this time, you're probably feeling a little bit like Ben Stein in Ferris Buehler's Day Off:"

    "Somebody?.... Anybody?...."

    Well, I'll help, since this piece is one of my "childhood friends," and one of a mere handful that I've taken seriously enough to acquire a pocket score of the work.

    I was first introduced to this masterpiece via an "age-of-vinyl" recording by Isaac Stern & The Philadelphia Orchestra. That platter must have been donated prior to my move to New Jersey. Looking through my disc collection, I was a little suprised to find that I had 'only' two recordings of this piece. The relatively rare jewel among the pair is a version by Michael Rabin (preumably recorded before this artist was wholly beset by some personal demons) with the Philadelphia Orchestra (again), conducted by long-time Assistant Conductor William Smith. It's part of the 12-disc box "The Philadelphia Orchestra- The Centennial Collection."


    Scarcely less important, in its own way, is a version on Seraphim [~Angel... ~EMI] by Nathan Milstein, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Steinberg. At the time I purchased this disc (which has the Brahms VC as a a pairing) its price was less than $5(!), which puts it on my personal all-time "greatest value for money" list.
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    G'day Chi - well now you're talking about the grumpy old men of the violin AND they certainly knew how to play. Nathan Milstein is amazing. I have an amazing new recording (well newish) with Mullova and the Bostonians. Wonderful. Must hunt out some more of the old blokes of the violin.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    A newer performer that I am pretty fond of is Julia Fischer. I also really like Perlman's version.

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    Hey dutchmandan, not a fan of Perlman's version - sounds too much like all the other Dorothy De Lay prodigies from Julliard for my liking. I will hunt out Julia Fischer's recording, however, that's the orchestra?
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Oh, heck! I forgot I had Perlman/Boston/Leinsdorf on my shelf, too(!)

    Don't really want to comment negatively on Perlman... but I still prefer the two versions I mentioned earlier...

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    Look, Perlman's obviously a hugely gifted violinist ... I'm just not, personally, a fan of his playing style.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Oh yes I've heard of Hilary Hahn!!

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    sounds too much like all the other Dorothy De Lay prodigies from Julliard for my liking.

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    I totally agree with Perlman being a product of the Dorothy De Lay/Julliard School ... part of the reason I'm not a fan.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    I have Anna Sophie Mutter which is not too bad, also a few other soloists that I can't recall.
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