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Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas [Box set, Collector's Edition]

Arthur Grumiaux Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 May 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B000OPPSX0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 1. Allegro con brioArthur Grumiaux 6:34£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)Arthur Grumiaux 6:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Arthur Grumiaux 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 1. Allegro vivaceArthur Grumiaux 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 2. Andante pił tosto allegrettoArthur Grumiaux 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 3. Allegro piacevoleArthur Grumiaux 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 1. Allegro con spiritoArthur Grumiaux 8:04£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'espressioneArthur Grumiaux 6:16£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)Arthur Grumiaux 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 1. PrestoArthur Grumiaux 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 2. Andante scherzoso, pił allegrettoArthur Grumiaux 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro moltoArthur Grumiaux 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 1. AllegroArthur Grumiaux10:14£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 2. Adagio molto espressivoArthur Grumiaux 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)Arthur Grumiaux 1:06£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)Arthur Grumiaux 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 1. AllegroArthur Grumiaux 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 2. AdagioArthur Grumiaux 6:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 3. Allegretto con variazioniArthur Grumiaux 7:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 1. Allegro con brioArthur Grumiaux 7:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 2. Adagio cantabileArthur Grumiaux 9:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Arthur Grumiaux 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2 - 4. Finale (Allegro)Arthur Grumiaux 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 1. Allegro assaiArthur Grumiaux 6:05£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 graziosoArthur Grumiaux 7:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 3. Allegro vivaceArthur Grumiaux 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 1. Adagio sostenuto - PrestoArthur Grumiaux10:53£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 2a. AndanteArthur Grumiaux 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - Var. IArthur Grumiaux 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - Var. IIArthur Grumiaux 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - Var. IIIArthur Grumiaux 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - Var. IVArthur Grumiaux 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - Coda (Molto adagio)Arthur Grumiaux 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 3. Finale (Presto)Arthur Grumiaux 6:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 1. Allegro moderatoArthur Grumiaux 9:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 2. Adagio espressivoArthur Grumiaux 5:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Arthur Grumiaux 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 4. Poco allegrettoArthur Grumiaux 8:24£0.79  Buy MP3 


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DEC 4758460; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica da camera Violino e piano

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Performances of their Time 20 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Beethoven was occupied with the writing of violin sonatas early in his career; only one of these sonatas comes from later on, the gentle opus 96 Sonata. Listening to opus 12 (the first set to be written) one can hardly imagine that opus 13 would be the grand 'Pathetique' sonata. Melodic invention and pathos on THAT level are certainly not present in these rather more understated works. That is not to say that they are not pleasant to listen to, they are.

The Spring and Kreutzer Sonatas are performed brilliantly, Haskil and Grumieux make a magnificent team throughout. In fact, besides the rather muffled sound at times, I can imagine no pair more pleasurable to listen to. Haskil's solo performances are magnificent and she brings the same style of playing to her chamber music playing - refinement and under-statement being two key words that come to mind.

The 'program notes' aren't brilliant and the whole package could have been spruced up a bit, but it is the music that counts and on that level I am not disappointed.

So, if you don't mind the sound quality I don't think you need to look elsewhere. A lovely Sunday morning's excursion!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven interpretation at its peak of perfection 27 Sep 2007
By Michael Birman - Published on Amazon.com
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This splendid three CD box set of Beethoven's complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano features perhaps the finest such duo of the mid-20th Century: Violinist Arthur Grumiaux and Pianist Clara Haskil. They are equally renowned for their Mozart performances and Grumiaux produced a splendid recording of the Bach solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas. Haskil's various Mozart recordings, especially of the Piano Concertos, are some of the finest, most lyrically eloquent ever made. Both musicians represent the summa of music's Germanic core at mid-century in its recorded state.

These three CDs place Beethoven's Sonatas in chronological order, making it easier to follow the progression of his musical thought and the evolution of his style. What one discovers quickly, aided by such splendid playing, is how swiftly (certainly by the Opus 30 Sonatas, written in 1802) Beethoven relinquished Mozartean lyricism in favor of a motoric rhythmic drive and much shorter melodic lines. There is often an expansion and contraction of the musical pulse (much like the intake and release of breath), frequently in the very same movement. This requires rhythmic flexibility, a subtly different, exquisitely free sense of time a la Furtwangler: a trait more common in the 40's and 50's than today's more rigid linearity. In other words, Beethoven had learned how to breath life into his music and Haskil and Grumiaux were positioned to express it effortlessly. That's what makes these recordings so good, so necessary for a serious Classical collection. Both performers are lyrical, capable of great beauty of tone, yet they are intellectual enough to convey the profound musical architecture of these pieces. You will enjoy these performances on several levels simultaneously: they are multi-dimensional performances as opposed to today's all-too-often 'single-note' musicality.

These recordings were made in early stereo between September 1956 and September 1957. They are beautifully recorded, clear and full with somewhat narrow separation. Comparing these to Mutter/Orkis and Argerich/Kremer, there is a beauty of tone and a level of confident music making that stands just slightly above. Beethoven's Sonatas are great enough to merit several different interpretations. One of them should be this set. Most strongly recommended.

Mike Birman
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great performances, but recorded balance is an issue 24 Mar 2008
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
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I am typically far more focused on musical performance than recorded sound, with the majority of the music in my collection coming from the early days of stereo; however, in this case I do have serious reservations about the sound. Although these readings of Beethoven's violin sonatas have been highly esteemed by collectors over the years, they suffer from a lopsided balance between the violin and piano. The violin is very much forward in the sound picture, really dominating the piano which appears to have been placed too far away from the microphone and/or with the lid closed too far down. What should be an equal partnership sounds more like violin music with piano accompaniment. This is especially disturbing as you strain to hear Clara Haskil's sensitively nuanced, but muted, playing over the bold strokes of Arthur Grumiaux's violin. The sonatas were recorded between September 1956 and September 1957, although I don't hear much variation in the sound among them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These are five star performances in 4-4.5 star sound. 20 May 2013
By Kirk List - Published on Amazon.com
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On lp the piano sound was recessed so that Haskil's excellent playing and interplay with Grumiaux could not register fully. As with their two discs of Mozart sonatas, the sound is now improved (from a C+ to a B) and is more enjoyable.
Grumiaux and Haskil were a great team, two prodigies who played each's other's instruments almost equally well. (Grumiaux later recorded the Mozart sonata k481 playing both parts.) Tempi in in the outer movements of the Beethoven
are usually brisk, and the playing is volatile and exciting in them. They do not rush the slow movements which contain much profound music, especially in ops 12/1,12/3, 24, 30/2, 47 and 96. Haskil reminds me of Argerich but can be a bit more sculpted-both recorded too few Mozart concerti, especially Argerich. I find Argerich's DG partner Gidon Kremer
adept interpretively but unpleasant tonally, while Grumiaux in excellent in both areas. Had Argerich recorded more
of the sonatas with Perlman than the Kreutzer their set would have been more formidable. Argerich is at least a full peer of Haskil in her EMI and DG Kreutzers, and Haskil in this cd set sounds more dynamic than she did on lp.

Peers: sets- Grumiaux/Arrau/Philips (6 sonatas only), Perlman/Ashkenazy/Decca, Perlman/Argerich/EMI (opus 47 only),
Szeryng/Haebler/Philips, Szeryng/Graffman Live (#s 1,3, and 9 only), Stern/Istomin/Sony (best are #s 1 and 7), Schneiderhan/Seemann/DG, Morini/Firkusny/MCA/(#s 3,5,7 and 8 only.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great performances spoiled? 22 Nov 2012
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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Great performances spoiled? Well, we'll never know, because the sound quality is so poor (it's marginally better in some sonatas than in others). Grumiaux and Haskil are such superb and musicianly players that one has to give them the benefit of the doubt -- and we know of their quality from other recordings: Haskil's Mozart, Grumiax's Beethoven Concerto recordings. But in the Kreutzer, for example, you just can't hear the clear articulation of the piano's notes. The violin sound is a bit more to the fore, but it too seems "spread," so there is clearly a problem in the engineering somewhere. Put on Argerich and Kremer's Kreutzer, and you're hearing stuff you didn't know was there in the Grumiaux/Haskil recording. So I'm with Julian Cardona on this one -- and I'm not an audiophile either.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collaboration 19 Dec 2008
By violinmama - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't add much to what's already been said. Sensitive, beautiful playing by both Grumiaux and Haskil. Also wonderful to have all the sonatas together.
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