Schneiderhan: Mozart Violin Concerti K. 218 (Rosbaud) & K. 219 (Leitner) - DG LPM 18314
Jacket VG / LP EX / German pressing
This handsome gatefold LP from Deutsche Grammophon (LPM 18314, German pressing, AH tulip label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features the great Wolfgang Schneiderhan in magnificent performances of Mozart’s Violin Concertos No. 4 in D Major K. 218 and No. 5 in A Major K. 219 “Turkish”. The former was recorded in the warm acoustics of Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin on 13 March 1956 with conductor Hans Rosbaud and the Berlin Philharmonic, while the latter was set down in the Grosser Saal of the Musikverein, Vienna on 16 September 1952 with conductor Ferdinand Leitner and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Wrote the critic T.H. in his review for the June 1957 issue of The Gramophone: “Here are two very good performances indeed, without doubt the best of the discs that couple these two concertos together. (Elman is stylistically most unacceptable, while Menuhin, despite much good playing, does not sound really at ease.) And each separate performance might well be judged to lead the whole field, though there are others which, if I already had them, I would not particularly want to change : Goldberg's very attractive playing of No. 4, for instance, and Heifetz and Oistrakh in the 5th.
“Schneiderhan's tone and his whole approach are most like Grumiaux's, a clean line, not over-opulent in sound but always beautiful, and a bright and fresh treatment. But he is always an absolutely rhythmic player, which Grurniaux is not.
“His performances are entirely classical in conception but this never brings about dullness, as it may in the hands of a lesser artist, for the phrasing is beautiful and, indeed, both performances are constantly full of subtle touches that delight the listener. The only moment when the tone sounds a bit thin is at the very high first solo entry of the 4th Concerto but, as I have said, there is nowhere else anything but a lovely sound.
“Accompaniments are both very good indeed : Rosbaud's without reservation, Leitner's only in that he is a little unyielding in the adagio of the first movement of the A major. The orchestral balance of the D major is first-rate, with oboes and horns well to the fore on every occasion: not quite so good in the A major, though not so as to cause any real grumble. The record, like a good many D.G.G.s, wants plenty of top and no filter if it is to sound at its best. A highly recommended coupling.”
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a fair amount of edgewear, some slight bumping at corners, a small scuff/divot to the front panel, and some minor writing to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits or other defects and the whole remains solid, bright, and extremely handsome in appearance – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although there is some occasional light surface noise, in general the playback is quite fine. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.