BERNSTEIN:  West Side Story Suite.  Lonely Town. Make Our Garden Grow.  Serenade. New York, New York.
Joshua Bell, violinist/Philharmonia Orch; David Zinman, cond.
SONY SS 89358 TT:   61:35
 (5 channel)
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A superb collection of Bernstein, mostly heard in effective new arrangements for violin and orchestra by William David Brohn, along with the now-familiar Serenade for Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion. Sony's engineers have given us natural-sounding multi-channel sound, with the solo violin perfectly placed. See REVIEW

 

BRAHMS:  Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77.  STRAVINSKY:  Violin Concerto in D.
Hilary Hahn, violinist; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner, cond.
SONY SS 89649  TT:  61:47
 (5 channel)
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A splendid coupling of two widely divergent violin concertos, the classic Brahms dating from 1878,  and the spiky Stravinsky composed in 1931.  Hilary Hahn is among the leading young violinists of the day playing with impeccable technique and beautiful tone - Marriner and his group provide fine accompaniments, and the 5 channel sound places the solo instrument just where it should be,  with an overall warm ambience.