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In 2012 the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition. In association with the ‘muso’ label, the Queen Elisabeth Competition has drawn on its extensive archives of unreleased recordings to put together a 4CD box set containing 8 of the most celebrated violin concertos as performed by some of the laureates who have made their mark on the history of the Competition.
Handsomely presented as a CD-book, with texts, photographs, and reminiscences by laureates, the set contains live recordings made between 1967 and 2005, which were painstakingly remastered in 2011 in order to ensure optimal sound quality for today’s listeners.
The set opens in 1967 with the Paganini Concerto, played by Philippe Hirshhorn – with a newly restored sound – and the Elgar Concerto as interpreted by Gidon Kremer, never previously available on disc! It continues with performances by Miriam Fried in Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky’s indispensable concerto from Vadim Repin in 1989, and an equally memorable performance of the Sibelius Concerto by Nikolaj Znaider from 1997, the same year as Kristóf Baráti’s superb Beethoven concerto. The compilation concludes with two laureates from the past decade: the Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen in the Bartók Concerto and, finally, Belgium’s own Yossif Ivanov in the Shostakovich.

4 CD
Total time: 4h43’03
Digibook (DVD format) / Booklet 32 pages
Text by Michel Stockhem in English, French and Dutch
Live recordings 1967-2005, restaured and remastered in 2011

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The 4 CD box edited on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Ysaÿe and Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition is available at the price of 40,00- € (+ 5,00- € shipping costs).

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