But then John Whitmore also expresses justified concern about a cut in the final movement which excises the final stratospheric section for solo violin. Now this was certainly not made in the same orchestra's Cardiff performance - I specifically commented on the soloist's playing of this passage in my review for the Seen and Heard pages of this site. I suspect therefore that the bars in question may have been omitted in either the recording process or the editing procedure, with the implication that the unnamed solo violinist simply found the high-lying phrases too difficult (perhaps something went disastrously wrong during the live performance). Surely it cannot be that simple?
Whatever the reason, any listener must surely agree that this excision rules out of court any recording of the score. If it has resulted from a simple editing error, the disc should surely be withdrawn and remastered from the original tapes, if only to restore the reputation both of the soloist and orchestra, especially in an issue designed to commemorate the anniversary of the latter.
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