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In his recording of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos, Joshua Bell plays his own cadenzas for the Beethoven (not uncommon for a violinist to do, as Beethoven didn't write his own) and the Mendelssohn (quite uncommon, as Mendelssohn did write his own). These are very much not improvised, but are very good, imo.

Ironically, when Beethoven transcribed his violin concerto for piano and orchestra at the behest of his publisher, he did write cadenzas for it. I am not a fan of the piano transcription or the cadenzas, both of which may well have been done mainly if not entirely for the money.


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