Arthur Grumiaux was a prince among violinists and recorded extensively for Philips/Decca. Many of his recordings – some of them released internationally for the first time on CD – have appeared on an extensive series on the Eloquence label. Here is another – a rare 1956 performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto coupled with his highly-praised traversals of the Stravinsky and Berg concertos.
Violin Concerto ‘To the Memory of an Angel’*
Violin Concerto in D major*
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35+
Arthur Grumiaux, violin
[Berg/Stravinsky] ‘Grumiaux’s pure style brings rare magic to both these works. To the Berg he brings above all tenderness and sweetness; to the Stravinsky he brings above all strength and dynamism. The one virtuoso, remaining his individual self all the time, effortlessly encompasses the utterly different demands of each work’ Gramophone