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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and refined vision, 20 Oct 2009
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Marcolorenzo (Italy) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (Audio CD)
These recently remastered recordings are extremely poetic readings, most noteworthy is the interpretation of the "Spring Sonata". If the "Kreutzer Sonata" in this reading perhaps lacks a bit of punch, the interpretation makes up for this with its beauty of tone and poetry. These recordings will help you see the emotionally poetic soul of Beethoven and the lyrical beauty of this music, where other performances concentrate on structure or pulse, these emphasize beautiful tone in a symbiotic unity of playing between Oistrakh and Oborin, which creates a unified style of great refinement and poetic shimmer without any force or exaggeration. Essential recording of these works. You may also want to have an additional individual CD of the Kreutzer Sonata with Perlman and Ashkenazy to compliment this collection.Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas (Isabelle Faust/Alexander Melnikov) - 4CDs plus bonus DVD
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total agreement (nearly), 15 May 2011
This review is from: Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (Audio CD)
I agree with the above reviews ,this set is brilliant.I think, in reality ,most listeners - whilst accepting "expert" reviews, just want to know if their intended purchases are good value .I can ,in layman`s terms, confirm these recordings sound beautiful and are well worth every penny spent.The slower movements in particular are extremely relaxing and I have been known to fall asleep as they are played.Don`t hesitate adding this set to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this set of recording leap out as head-and-shoulders the best. Not only in terms of the lyrical interpretation, 30 Oct 2014
This review is from: Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (Audio CD)
I have several renditions of Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin and, played back-to-back, this set of recording leap out as head-and-shoulders the best. Not only in terms of the lyrical interpretation, but also in the close recording. You only need this set.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime playing by Oistrakh, 13 Jan 2014
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One of the finest interpretations of the Violin Sonatas I've heard. The violin of David Oistrakh is so sweet and delicate, at times, it left me genuinely moved - the end of the second movement of the "Spring" sonata is a point in question. Even though I don't think the balance with Oborin's slightly heavy fingers is exactly right, Oistrakh's playing cuts through. He seems to barely touch the strings and yet the faintest pianissimo floods over you. I compared him to the Menuhin/Kempff and Grumiaux/Haskil but Oistrakh is better. He produces that extra dose of melancholy in his sound that is so right and so intimate.

One the piano, whilst I think Kempff gets much more from the score Oborin is fine.

The "Spring" and "Kreutzer" played by Oistrakh/Oborin, is also available as a single CD, but I would recommend getting the complete set - though I admit the Faust/Melnikov is next on my wish list.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In time for Xmas, 18 Jan 2014
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Excellent condition and exactly as described. Not the most modern performances and recordings, but old favourites from vinyl days. Much appreciated by recipient
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful violinist ; a good enough pianist, 5 Jan 2007
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hillbank68 "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (Audio CD)
Oistrakh was peerless, a real poet of the violin, and his performances here are always fascinating and beautiful to listen to. Time and again here he turns a phrase in a way that seems just right, and some moments are breath-taking. He is accompanied by his long-time sonata partner Lev Oborin. Oborin is always competent and, as you listen, there is little or nothing to complain about, but if you compare him with, say, Schneiderhahn's partner in the same sonatas (Kempff) or Francescatti's (Casadesus), you realise that there is more in the music than Oborin can find. So it is a rather unequal partnership. I must stress, however, that Oborin does not let the side down. Oistrakh's mastery comes across untrammelled, and it is just a pity that he is not playing with someone of comparable stature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Sep 2014
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As expected OK
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