Joseph Fuchs / Eugene Goossens / London Symphony Orchestra

Hindemith: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Mozart: Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Orchestra

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Everest Records claim that this disc featuring the Hindemith Violin Concerto and the Mozart G major Concerto possesses "some of the most stunning sound to be heard on discs or tape" is quite a claim. Ordinarily, listeners would be wise to be skeptical of such self-congratulatory adulations, but in this case, it's really true. What's even more surprising is that the incredible clarity and definition Everest achieves on the CD is equally noticeable whether listening on a car stereo or a high-end home audio system. To make things even better, Everest includes a two-sided DVD (one for DVD video players, the other for DVD audio players) that provides even more detail and (if set up properly) a spacious three-channel track. As for the performances by violinist Joseph Fuchs and the London Symphony Orchestra under Eugene Goossens, there are moments of greatness, as well. The shining star of the album is the Hindemith concerto in its world-premiere recording. The LSO's playing here is truly riveting, precise, and engaging. Fuchs' playing is also at an impressively high level, although intonation sometimes slips in passages of extended double stops. The Mozart Third Concerto seems an odd disc-mate to play against Hindemith. For one, the LSO's sound is simply too big for Mozart and it comes across as being less finessed and precise as it was in the Hindemith. Here, Fuchs' playing is superior to that of the orchestra. Still, listeners who wish to enjoy a true audiophile experience will find the Hindemith well worthwhile.

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