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Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas [Box set]

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 1. Allegro con brioWolfgang Schneiderhan 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 2. Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 7:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 1. Allegro vivaceWolfgang Schneiderhan 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 2. Andante più tosto allegrettoWolfgang Schneiderhan 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 3. Allegro piacevoleWolfgang Schneiderhan 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 1. Allegro con spiritoWolfgang Schneiderhan 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 2. Adagio con molt' espressioneWolfgang Schneiderhan 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 3. Rondo (Allegro molto)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 1. PrestoWolfgang Schneiderhan 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 2. Andante scherzoso, più allegrettoWolfgang Schneiderhan 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro moltoWolfgang Schneiderhan 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 1. AllegroWolfgang Schneiderhan 9:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 2. Adagio molto espressivoWolfgang Schneiderhan 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 6:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 1. AllegroWolfgang Schneiderhan 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 2. AdagioWolfgang Schneiderhan 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 3. Allegretto con variazioniWolfgang Schneiderhan 7:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 1. Allegro con brioWolfgang Schneiderhan 7:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 2. Adagio cantabileWolfgang Schneiderhan 9:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 4. Finale (Allegro)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 1. Allegro assaiWolfgang Schneiderhan 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e graziosoWolfgang Schneiderhan 8:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 3. Allegro vivaceWolfgang Schneiderhan 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 In A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 1. Adagio sostenuto - PrestoWolfgang Schneiderhan10:42£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 In A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 2. Andante con variazioniWolfgang Schneiderhan15:34£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 In A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 3. Finale (Presto)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 6:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 1. Allegro moderatoWolfgang Schneiderhan 9:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 2. Adagio espressivoWolfgang Schneiderhan 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Wolfgang Schneiderhan 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 4. Poco allegrettoWolfgang Schneiderhan 8:43£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating Beethoven From an Underrated Violinist 5 Sep 2008
By Johannes Climacus - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been an ardent admirer of Schneiderhan's artistry since I heard three of his Beethoven sonata performances many years ago on a double-play cassette. I never expected that this entire cycle with Karl Seeman would resurface on CD--but, lo and behold, here it is, sounding better than it did on cassette (though, regrettably, not by much).

Schneiderhan was a formidable technician with a searching intellect and a distinctively sweet, though never cloying, tone. He always placed musical values ahead of virtuosity for its own sake. Becuase he shunned glamor, he never quite made it to cult status. Today his reputation rests on his numerous recordings for DG, nearly all of which have been praised by critics since they were first issued. His Mozart concerto cycle remains one of the two or three finest ever recorded.

Much the same can be said of his two Beethoven sonata cycles. The first, in mono, with Kempff is the more idiosyncratic, largely due to the pianist, whose poised and, at times, effete pianism blends less effectively with Schneiderhan's incisiveness than Karl Seeman's more straightforward manner in the later, stereo cycle. The earlier set is also compromised by somewhat muffled, airless sonics, though the later one is by no means ideally recorded: the piano is balanced somewhat backwardly in relation to the violin (a besetting sin of duo-sonata recordings during the early-LP era) and there are patches of slightly distorted tone at higher dynamic levels and in higher registers.

On balance, however, I prefer the stereo cycle with Seeman, largely because the pianist shares Schneiderhan's trenchant approach to these works. There are no wasted gestues or agogic distortions, and Beethoven's seemingly inexhaustible invention comes through unimpeded by any excess of interpretation. Though the "Spring" and one or two of the earlier sonatas could do with a bit more of Beethoven's characteristically "unbuttoned" humor, it is better that this music be accorded to much rather than too little seriousness of purpose. The "Kreuzer" and Opus 96 are given absolutely splendid readings, the former with just the right amount of wild abandon and the latter with attention to the sublimity of Beethoven's conception.

Overall this is an outstanding set. Beethoven is rarely performed with such a winning combination of incisiveness and inwardness. Despite the somewhat dated sound (hence four rather than five star rating) If you are searching for a bargain edition of the Beethoven duo sonatas, look no further. If you care to spend a wee bit more, then I would consider Perlman/Ashkenazy (warmer both in sound and approach), Kremer/Argerich (whimsical, mercurial, delightfully unpredictable), or Oistrakh/Oborin (a classic set in somewhat dated sound). Otherwise, I would place Schneiderhan well ahead of some more famous names, such as Heifetz (to slick), Mutter (too self-communing) and Zukerman (too sentimental).
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Sets... 21 Sep 2005
By B.E.F. - Published on Amazon.com
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Wolfgang Schneiderhan had a very sweet, singing timber with his violin. He has great control, and his playing is very finely mannered.

The cycle he recorded with Kempff is excellent, now in reprint.

This cycle with Carl Seemann is very good too.

Seemann was Schneiderhan's accompanist on the Brahms violin Sonatas as well.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances; Decent Recording 22 April 2008
By R. Schroeder - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording contains what are without a doubt my favorite performances of the Beethoven violin sonatas. All of them have a real energy and excitement about them. The Ashkenazy/Perlman recordings, which are the only others in the same class that I have heard, seem a bit dull and dry in comparison.

However, the Ashkenazy/Perlman recordings certainly has better sound quality. The piano is a bit "further back" in this recording than I like, and there are occasional "glitches" in the recorded sound, the most noticable is in the first movement of the "Kreutzer" sonata. These "glitches" sound like they may be tape edits. They are fairly infrequent but can still be a little distracting.

Overall, I would recommend this set unless sound quality is of the utmost importance to you, in which case you will probably be happier w/ the Ashkenazy/Perlman set. If you can tune out the occasional technical flaw, you will find that this is a real treasure of early and middle Beethoven.
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