2008-02-26 04:44:49 UTC
concerti with Stokowski and Ormandy.
In the 1929 recording of the 2nd, does SVR slightly break every other
left-hand chord at the beginning ( he could reportedly span a 13th in
the left hand), or a performance style of his Age ? Despite the quick
tempi,SVR plays the main first mov.theme with much wonderful rubato
and schmalz,IMHO.The " alla marcia" first mov. climax might actually
be a tad bit slower than the Rubinstein/Reiner ? But the slow mov. was
disappointing, rather prosaic.The finale sparkles, though,"forward"
playing I believe it was described here earlier.
SVR's 1940 recording of the 3rd is dashing, very quick tempi. SVR
certainly did not need to defer to Horowitz and Gieseking in matters
of technique in this work, as the liner notes report he did.But the
cuts seem odd in our no - cut age, and I could not escape the sense
SVR had become a bit tired of the piece.
Sonic limitations aside, not sure SVR brought to these works in his
playing everything he gave them in the scores.Perhaps his self-
doubting lingered on after Dr.Dahl ? Or we make more of these
warhorses than SVR intended ?
Still, sends chills down one's spine to hear these legends at work and
together. Does SVR's playing remind of Hofmann's playing, or vice