RCA Victor Shaded Dog Mono 1955
The premiere of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 in 1879 elicited, as seemed so often the case with Brahms, a range of comments encompassing both praise and faint damnation. Ironically, in view of the subject of this review, one of those comments was from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, whose own violin concerto had been completed the year before but would not be premiered until two years later. He called the introduction "an admirable pedestal for a statue . . . but the statue is not there; we merely get a second pedestal placed on the first." Brahms himself seemed to be rather sanguine about the whole thing. His comment was that "Joachim (the great violinist to whom the concerto was dedicated) is quite keen on playing the concerto, so it may come off after all."
1. First Movement: Allegro Non Troppo
Performer [Cadenza] – Jascha Heifetz
1. Second Movement: Adagio
2. Third Movement: Allegro Giocoso Ma Non Troppo Vivace
Composed By – Brahms*
Conductor – Fritz Reiner
Liner Notes – Claudia Cassidy
Orchestra – Chicago Symphony Orchestra*
Violin [Violinist] – Jascha Heifetz
A "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity Recording.
Copyright 1955, Radio Corporation of America.
Made in U.S.A. Printed in U.S.A.