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Sublime playing by Oistrakh,
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This review is from: Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (Audio CD)
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.