I certainly wouldn't start with Van Cliburn, as that's the piano concerto! I'll look through my collection to see if there's any other recording on vinyl that I like as much as the RCA Heifetz..
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I do like the Heifetz and the Kogan, and the reissues of those recordings are really quite good. I always liked Perlman's version that I had on a Chesky CD reissue, that must have been a Reader's Digest release on vinyl, might be worth looking for. The engineering for that recording is top-notch, though the pressing quality might not be so great. I also note there is a DG vinyl reissue with Anne-Sophie Mutter, I have always admired her work but have no idea of this performance or the quality of the recording (as a rule, I'm not a big DG fan from that era).
Wow. Why no mention of Erica Morini?
Here's the album. Almost impossible to fine in stereo, but the mono is a real delight. Its available on CD in stereo.
The original pressing of the '56 Heifetz rendition arrived the other day and I cleaned and spun it.
Beautifully recorded; Heifetz's violin was right there in the room with me; the recording and mastering of the accompanying orchestra seemed a bit diminished at times. A slight sense of sibilants during some of the orchestral passage, but I suspect my Benz Micro Ace is aging and needs retipping or replacing.
I'll investigate the Rabin recording, too.