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A recording classic
on 10 November 2012
No wonder a sample of Grumiaux's playing of the Sonatas was included on "Voyager"; the aristocratic poise and ineffable sweetness of his tone have become a byword for excellence for two generations and more of classical music lovers.
Most of his recordings were made for Philips when their sound engineering was impeccable; nothing about these performances, technically or aesthetically speaking, dates them - indeed, great musicianship doesn't date. He is by no means excessively soupy or wallowing, just dead on the note and wholly subsumed within the proto-Romantic spirit of the music. When he is joined by Krebbers we are in Bach/violin heaven. There is nothing to stop you enjoying other traditionalists' accounts of these concertos - I much enjoy Anne Sophie Mutter with Salvatore Accardo and the Oistrakhs - or indeed venturing into the leaner world of HIP versions but this one is the most satisfying of all, free of all indulgence but glowing with inspiration and humanity.