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Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas Box set

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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1. Allegro Con Brio
  2. 2. Andante Con Moto. Tema Con Variazioni
  3. 3. Rondo: Allegro
  4. 1. Allegro Vivace
  5. 2. Andante, Piu Tosto Allegretto
  6. 3. Allegro Piacevole
  7. 1. Allegro Con Spirito
  8. 2. Adagio Con Molt' Espressione
  9. 3. Rondo: Allegro Molto

Disc: 2

  1. 4. Poco Allegretto
  2. 3. Allegro Molto
  3. 1. Allegro
  4. 2. Adagio Molto Espressivo
  5. 3. Allegro Molto
  6. 4. Rondo: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
  7. 1. Allegro Moderato
  8. 2. Adagio Espressivo
  9. 1. Presto
  10. 3. Scherzo
  11. 2. Andante Scherzoso, Piu Allegretto

Disc: 3

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Adagio Molto Espressivo
  3. 3. Allegretto Con Variazioni
  4. 1. Allegro Con Brio
  5. 2. Adagio Cantabile
  6. 3. Scherzo: Allegro
  7. 4. Allegro
  8. 1. Allegro Assai
  9. 2. Tempo Di Minuetto
  10. 3. Allegro Vivace

Disc: 4

  1. 1. Adagio Sostentu - Presto
  2. 2. Andante Con Variazioni
  3. 3. Finale: Presto
  4. DVD (on reverse of disc) Allegro Moderato

Product Description

Product Description

Box set with four CDs

Review

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

Customer Reviews

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This very well recorded set of the violin sonatas was released in 2009 and can be summarised as being unusually fresh and inspiring as a set and quite different to both the much praised and admired sets by Perlman/Ashkenazy and the Kremer/Argerich.

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.
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This is a set that has to be heard to be believed! - beautifully captured playing within a faultless recording balance. Indeed, dynamism between pianist and violinist is what characterises this new set. It is restless, forward thrusting Beethoven, as though both artists are driven to communicate every once of expressive possibility (just listen to the restless momentum in the slow movement of the Kreutzer sonata) but without needing to resort to quirky mannerisms to make their point. This is playing that delves deep into the heart of the music tightening up on details not readily obvious in some other versions. Reviews elsewhere have alluded to the "classical" approach taken by these artists and the result, a tension between classical poise (just listen to Ms Faust's glistening tone) and expressivity, is what makes their playing so refreshing and deeply satisfying. I would say that this set easily displaces the much praised (but very closely miked) Kremer/Argerich set on D.G., or the vintage, Perlman/Ashkenazy set on Decca. Funny to think that now, by comparison with the newcomer, the Perlman, once lauded in its day for its classical purity, actually sounds closer to the traditional romantic school of violinists, while Ashkenazy's playing comes off as dreary, subservient plod. My only reservation has to do with the unusual packaging: We get three standard CD's with the fourth being a double-sided disc (featuring the Kreutzer Sonata on one side and a short "Making Of" DVD on the other). There are four cardboard flaps that fold outwards, each bearing a tray and disc, while the booklet is glued to the centre. Surely at least the booklet could have been made detachable for easier reading? Still, it is a beautifully illustrated set and an absolute listening must!!
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there is something magical about these performances these two soloists make a wonderful combination
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.
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By Prospero77 VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2013
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I'm more of a Haydn/Mozart buff and only starting to feel my way into the great maestro's work. I'd heard some of this on John Suchet's radio show and decided to invest in the CD. It really is stunning. So much depth, texture and variety. I play it a lot to unwind and relax, but so many moods are covered in the work that there is something for everyone here. It's a wonderful recording.
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Wonderful performances of each sonata. Quality or recording
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"!
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I could never forget the opening of the Spring sonata in the old mono Grumiaux/Haskill recording, but overall this new one is now my favourite. Faust is simply a wonderful violinist and Melnikov supplies all the rest one wants.
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A Kid's Review on 30 Nov. 2010
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I found these 4 CDs in the Complete Beethoven Sonatas'set to be excellent. Faust plays immaculately throughout. Furthermore the set supplied by Amazon was several £s cheaper than other suppliers even when theirs were at a special discount.
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