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5.0 out of 5 stars Performances of their Time, 20 Feb 2009
This review is from: Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven The Violin Sonatas, 25 July 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know the Spring and Kreutzer sonatas well, but was surprised to recognise a few others. This recording will hold its own amongst all the latest offerings.
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