Leonid Kogan plays Mozart & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos (180g LP)


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ERC 049 (Columbia SAXF 138) 180g.
Original Blue / Silver Label – Original French Only Issue.
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K.216; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor – Leonid Kogan (Violin): The Paris Conservatoire Orchestra – Constantin Silvestri.

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ERC 049 (Columbia SAXF 138)

Leonid Kogan holding violin looking at camera in black and white.
Leonid Kogan

Original Blue / Silver Label – Original French Only Issue (No UK Columbia SAX)

Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K.216

Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E Minor

This release represents the last installment of the six major stereo recordings that Leonid Kogan completed for Columbia Records . Although originally released in Mono only in the UK (Columbia 33CX 1744), in 1960 it was granted a commercial release in Stereo form (SAXF138) exclusively in the territory of France.

Mozart wrote only six concertos for the violin, five of these were all written within a year period during 1775 in Salzburg. Mozart was just 19 at the time. This, the third concerto is perhaps the most popular of all Mozart’s violin concertos, with sophisticated, folk song inspired melodies that are more demanding of technique from the soloist.

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto was conceived in 1838. It took almost seven years to compete and was finally premiered in 1845 in Leipzig. Resolutely set in the romantic era, it contained many strikingly innovative elements that set it apart from other works of the period. It still remains one of the most popular violin concertos to this day, which is true testament to the quality and influence of this remarkable work.

Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, on November 14, 1924, Leonid Kogan initially studied under Philip Yampolsky and then later under Abram Yampolsky, the former being a pupil of the famous Hungarian Jewish violinist, Leopold Auer. These solid foundations provided the platform for Kogan to further develop and explore his own style of playing – based on a clinical style of execution and technique. Kogan died on December 17, 1982 of a heart attack. At the time he was travelling by train between Moscow and Yaroslavl where he was due to give a performance with his son. He was 58 years old.

This release is limited to 300 individually numbered copies.

Officially sanctioned Parlophone ALL VALVE Heritage pressings mastered from the first generation original analogue master tapes.

Cut in stereo using 1950’s Lyrec TR18 tape console, Ortofon GOS valve amplifiers, Lyrec SV8 cutting lathe and Ortofon cutter head DSS731. Hand-crafted sleeve artwork faithfully recreated using a vintage letter press procedure.

Featuring iconic “Holy Grail” recordings by the most revered classical performers.

SKU: ERC049 Category:
Leonid Kogan,Violin solo
Constantin Silvestri,Conductor
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
  • Side One
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 In G Major, K.216
    1st Movement: Allegro-Cadenza (By Franko) - Tempo 1
    2nd Movement: Adagio-Cadenza (By Franko) - Tempo 1
    3rd Movement: Rondo (Allegro-Andante-Allegretto-Tempo 1)
    Side Two
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64
    1st Movement: Allegro Molto Appassionato-Cadenza-Tempo 1-Presto)
    2nd Movement: Andante
    3rd Movement: Allegretto Non Troppo-Allegro Molto Vivace

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