Isaac Stern
Swiss Festival Orchestra | Ernest Ansermet | Lorin Maazel

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Béla Bartók
Violin Concerto No. 2 Sz 112

(Recordings: Lucerne, 1958 & 1956)

Live recordings by Isaac Stern are rarities. And so all the more valuable is this pair of performances from the summers of 1956 and 1958 at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Stern plays violin concertos by Bartók and Tchaikovsky, proving himself a complete musician willing to take any risk. The result: performances of the utmost tension and expressive impact.

«Real performances that get to the heart of the matter» Gramophone

Ever since 1938, when Arturo Toscanini led a legendary gala concert in the gardens facing Richard Wagner's villa in Tribschen, LUCERNE FESTIVAL has been the place for unforgettable musical experiences, year after year. The new CD series LUCERNE FESTIVAL Historic Performances presents outstanding live concert recordings by artists who have left their mark on the Festival. The original tapes have been meticulously remastered, and each release is supplemented with additional material and photos from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL archive – a history of the Festival in sound.