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This review is from: Vln & Vla Da Gamba Sonas W/Harpsi (Gould Laredo Rose) (Audio CD)
I've been listening to this over and over, and I'm very struck by the chemistry between the performers that seems to emerge from the music. Gould recorded one of these Sonatas with Menuhin ("Gould Meets Menuhin") and the difference is very interesting: there's an air of competition in the recording with Menuhin, which gives it a kind of edginess that can be quite exciting.
But here Gould and Laredo seem to be caught in a shared passion for the interplay of the music between their instruments, and the result is lyrical and sensual. The first movement of the C minor sonata is a case in point: it's played slowly and phrased to emphasize the dialogue between the instruments. And later, in the Adagio of the same sonata, the syncopation creates a bond between the piano and the violin, even though it's used quite differently in each part. Gould and Laredo sustain their shared interpretive approach throughout the recording, which makes for a truly superb performance.