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In the Thread: Tossy Spivakovsky and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Post Subject: Tossy, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Paganini.Posted by Romy the Cat on: 4/6/2007

The Tchaikovsky’s concerto was plays by everyone pretty much. Try Grumiaux, Oistrakh, Francescatti, Milstein, Kogan, Elman, Vengerov… Actually I have one of the performances even with Vladimir Spivakov that actually was surprisingly good.  It is shame that the great Fritz Kreisler did not record the whole concerto (I head only the cadenza) but it would be the man for the job…

If you like what Tossy did with Tchaikovsky’s concerto then you have to head his play of Sibelius' Violin Concerto with London Symphony Orchestra under Tauno Hannikainen . The Tossy’s Sibelius' is also way out there and from my point of view is the best Sibelius ever….

Unfortunately as much I love Tossy in those two works (his recordings for 1920s are phenomenal) I am not so enthusiastic about his Paganini Caprices. Tossy played Schumann version and it is not really “straight” for me. It has some idiosyncrasy that I go not get. Also, if Tossy’s semi-gypsy semi-Yiddish intonations do wonder in Tchaikovsky and in Sibelius then in Paganini they sound stupid. Tossy kind of trying to hide them but it did not sound to me as free-flowing and natural… but it is just me… Perhaps I need re-listen it again sometimes if future…

Romy the caT

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