Vivaldi / 4 Concerti For Two Violins and Orch. / Stern & Oistrakh – Reviewed in 2011

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This Columbia Six-Eye original pressing (MS 6204) has an especially lovely side one. The extended tape hiss is a dead giveaway that this copy has the high frequencies that are going to let the violin harmonics come through beautifully, and they do!

Once we had our VTA adjusted precisely for this pressing, the texture on the strings came through gloriously. Of course getting the VTA right resulted in more transparency and ambience as well, with huge amounts of space around the players. The result: a Super Hot Side One, no doubt about it!

Side One

A++, with great presence and energy in addition to all the qualities we discuss above.

Side Two

Clearly not as good, perhaps A+ or a tad less. The sound is darker and more recessed.

Two great concerti and two good concerti, on one LP!

Both sides feature virtuoso playing, with plenty of rosiny texture to the violins. The vinyl is also very quiet, mint minus.

The cover is in BEAUTIFUL condition and rates 9 out of 10.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, Strings & Cembalo, F. 1, No. 100
Concerto in C Minor for Two Violins, Strings & Cembalo, F. 1, No. 12

Side Two

Concerto in G Minor for Two Violins, Strings & Cembalo, F. 1, No. 98
Concerto in D Major for Two Violins, Strings & Cembalo, F. 1, No. 41

 

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