Beauty and the Beast - Overture Alan Menken
Ripely affectionate readings of two colourful and highly engaging scores from Korngold’s wunderkind years.
Repertoire: Violin Concerto; Overture to a Drama; Much Ado about Nothing
Artists: Philippe Quint (violin), Mineria Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Miguel Prieto
Label: Naxos 8.570791
Quint’s fine series of recordings for Naxos continues with a glowing account of Korngold’s glorious Violin Concerto, which, if not quite at the exalted level of Jascha Heifetz and Itzhak Perlman, is richly enjoyable on its own terms. He negotiates the finale’s acrobatic hurdles with virtuoso aplomb and shapes the slow movement’s main melody with a loving sensitivity to melt even the sternest disposition. Prieto and the Mineria Symphony provide sterling support.