This late-Romantic, brilliantly coloured work is certainly one of the most rewarding for every soloist. A specialist in the field of 19th-century bravura pieces and master of an effortless technique and suppleness, the great American violinist Ruggiero Ricci certainly possessed all the requirements for a brilliant performance of this concerto. And Øivin Fjeldstad is the perfect partner for Ricci in more ways than one in this wonderfully lively recording: thanks to his training as both a conductor and a violinist, he ensures a perfect balance between soloist and orchestra; and as a Norwegian he is, of course, completely au fait with Scandinavian repertoire, and guarantees – both here and in other recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra – a truly nordic touch.
Recording: February 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Cyril Windebank / Production: John Culshaw.
2nd Movement: Adagio di molto
3rd Movement : Allegro, ma non tanto
Serenade Melancolique, Op. 26
Scherzo from “Souvenir d’un lieu cher,” Op. 42, No.2