Henryk Szeryng;  Klemperer   (Testament SBT 1353)
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Henryk Szeryng;  Klemperer   (Testament SBT 1353)
S0141. HENRYK SZERYNG: Partita #2 in d for Violin Unaccompanied (Bach), recorded 29 Oct., 1967, BBC Studios; w.Klemperer Cond. Philharmonia Orch.: Concerto in D (Beethoven), Live Performance, 16 Nov., 1959, Royal Festival Hall, London. (Austria) Testament SBT 1353. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 749677135324


“Bach, apparently, should be majestic, pure, and, like well-washed crystal, show few finger prints. However exalted their readings, neither Milstein nor Grumiaux makes a more enduring monument of the Chaconne from the Second Partita than does Szeryng. Undergirded with convincing logic and emphasizing universal rather than individual insights, such a reading serves as an aural analog to Szeryng’s eminently sensible and meticulously scholarly, though not highly personal, printed edition of the solo works.�

- Robert Maxam, FANFARE, July / Aug., 2005

“This live recording from London from November 16, 1959, with violinist Henryk Szeryng and Otto Klemperer conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra (Testament), is one no lover of this singular piece will want to be without.

It's the kind of big, granitic Beethoven you expect from Klemperer, but there's nothing ponderous about it. Say what you want about mad old Otto, his sense of proportion was unerring and his feeling for a work's long line unsurpassed. Finally playing a work he loved in good circumstances and with a colleague his musical equal.

Szeryng is in peak form and salutes the greatness of the work with rich, highly energized tone and an unabashed virtuosity that makes it sound easy without seeming facile. Throughout, Szeryng plays with the rhythmic plasticity and freedom of expression that require the solid underpinnings of conducting as secure and searching as Klemperer's.�

- Tim Pfaff, 26 Sept., 2006, BAY AREA REPORTER