- Performer: Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
- Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
- Audio CD (24 Aug. 2009)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
- Label: Harmonia Mundi
- ASIN: B0027YUK98
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas Box set
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Faust and Melnikov make this music live and breathe more thrillingly than in any recent recording I can recall. --Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 6th Sept. 2009
These are the most stimulating and fascinating accounts of the Beethoven violin sonatas I have heard in many years...these stimulating performances demand to be heard. *****/***** --Chamber Choice, BBC Music Magazine, October 2009
Top Customer Reviews
The differences are largely a matter of scale and intent as briefly summarised as below:
The Perlman/Ashkenazy set from the 1970s and now available as a moderately priced boxed set, is the most dramatic and openly powerful set offering large, big-boned performances with close and full-toned recordings to match. This comes over as a set of performances conceived on a large scale and would be very suitable for large concert halls with a need to project over large areas. The scale of the piano playing and recording far exceeds that of the instruments available to Beethoven at the time of composition.
The Kremer/Argerich set is somewhat smaller in scale and not so 'Romantic' in style as the Perlman/Ashkenazy set. Instead of such an openly dramatic and powerful conception it offers a series of performances typically full of incident and incisive playing from both musicians. Flashes of dynamic and rhythmical detail leap out of a fairly closely miked recording that is more intimate in scale. This is a set that reflects the individual characteristics of the players being so full of closely observed incident and flashes of temperament. It would be easy to imagine this set being suitable for medium sized halls.
The new Faust/Melnikov set being considered here, is conceived on a more intimate scale than either of the two rivals described above. Although the dynamic range is less than either of the other two, it misses nothing in terms of rhythmical or dynamic detail.Read more ›
I dont think i have heard the beethoven violin sonatas sound so fresh and insightful
the recording is so natural that it feels like its happening live in front of you.
This set should include a supplementary disc as mentioned in advertising and enclosed booklet.
Not included with this purchase, suppliers are unresponsive.
In that respect. "caveat emptor"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not being an expert on this music, I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. Beautiful music making from both concerned.Published 18 months ago by islandmusiclover
beautiful Beethoven! Marvellous playing from Isabel Faust.Published 23 months ago by Ocelot Octagon
It is, of course, ridiculous to have only one set of recordings of these remarkable works: and there are two first-rate recordings of recent time - Ibragimova and Kavakos. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2013 by Mr. N. Churchill
A beautifull interpretation piano and violin really as a duo, in a way Beethoven must have meant it.Published on 22 July 2011 by A. van Wulfften Palthe