Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux – RCA Victor/JVC JM-XR24021, 39:18
Was a bit disappointed to see that all
the notes included in the xrcd are again in Japanese. Some recent xrcds
had readable notes in English and I thought that was the new system.
The art of Henryk Szeryng is highly prized by many discerning fans of
the violin, considerably above the Heifetzs and Sterns. This 1958
recording made by RCA in London’s Kingsway Hall by recording engineer
Kenneth Wilkinson is considered one of the classic violin concerto
recordings ever. This concerto is not as overplayed as some of the
others and I found it very enjoyable to hear again. The xrcd transfer
provides a rich orchestral soundstage with the violin spotlit front and
center. My only complaint is a touch of high end digital steeliness in
the louder violin notes – at least on my gear (although it does
incorporate tube amps which tend to reduce such artifacts).