MENDELSSOHN, BRUCH Violin Concertos /Mintz, Abbado 4776349
This is a disc of such straightforward excellence that it is unlikely to disappoint even the most jaded palate. Mintz's playing is beautifully shaped and completely secure, and he performs these works with great affection but also with a strong sense of direction. As a filler, DG has included three Kreisler pieces in which Mintz is superbly stylish, accompanied by Clifford Benson.
He played the slow movement with relaxed, touching warmth, and the finale, in conjunction with the orchestra, with as much solid substance as jaunty grace. Abbado and the orchestra provided intelligent support, and the recorded sound still conveys much of the urgency with which Mintz¿s violinistic voice could communicate. Mintz displays an even more striking profile, if possible, in Bruch¿s Concerto, with rhetorical command in the preamble-like first movement, in which he continually finds fresh points of view in passages so often explicated. His almost vibratoless hushed entry in the slow movement may be unique . . . his general manner strikes the listener as forcefully as theirs did . . . Urgently recommended.
... la interpretación del ruso Mintz durante todo el disco es impecable. Un sonido igualmente bueno, una Sinfónica de Chicago que funciona magníficamente bajo la dirección del maestro Abbado ...