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Violin Sonatas CD

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos Historical
  • ASIN: B00008OP1C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin sonata no. 8 in G, op. 30, no. 3 - Beethoven
2. Violin sonata no. 8 in G, op. 30, no. 3 (Unissued alternate version) - Beethoven
3. Violin sonata no. 5 in A, D.574 - Schubert
4. Violin sonata no. 3 in C minor, op. 45 - Grieg

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Aug 2012
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It is perhaps difficult to think of two more legegendary virtuosi on their respective instruments than Fritz Kreisler and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Equals possibly, but none greater. This disk therefore has documentary interest. There are limitations in the sound because of the time they were recorded in, but one soon forgets these because the performances are out of this world.

The sleeve notes make the point that in some ways the partnership was a surprise. Rachmaninoff was a perfectionist, while Kreisler was easy going. Yet, the partnership works well with Kreisler's gorgeous tone coming across especially well. It's also interesting to hear how good an accompanist Rachmaninoff was, and to the best of my knowledge there are no other recorded examples of him in this role. This also shows both performers playing composers they are less associated with performing.

The Beethoven Opus 30 Number 3 has seldom sounded so lyrical. Kriesler's phrasing and tone somehow suggests a hint of his native Vienna- which is, of course, where Beethoven (and Schubert) lived. Performances of this sonata don't get any better. This one withstands comparison any more recent competition one can mention. In Kreisler's case, its a better recording than his later one with Rupp, who was also not as strong a musical presence as Rachmaninoff.

The curiosity on this release is the second recording of the Beethoven. It comes from separate out-takes that the two performers discarded at the same time. There were enough of these to create a separate recording on this disk. While this works well enough - the performance stands out in its own right - it also seems as if it is only there to fill time made on this disk.
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