Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Performance for performance, violinist Augustin Dumay and pianist Maria-João Pires' performances of Beethoven's violin sonatas may be just about the greatest set ever recorded. From the exquisite elegance of their Op. 12 set listen to the elevated intimacy of the central Andante con molto espressione from "No. 3", to the infernal energy of their Op. 23 listen to the pianissimo moto perpetuo in the opening Presto, to the vernal delicacy of their Op. 24 listen to the spring wind blow through the new leaves in their Adagio molto espressivo, to the myriad beauties of their Op. 30 set listen to the tender duet in the Adagio molto espressivo in "No. 1," the tragic drama of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Performance for performance, violinist Augustin Dumay and pianist Maria-João Pires' performances of Beethoven's violin sonatas may be just about the greatest set ever recorded. From the exquisite elegance of their Op. 12 set listen to the elevated intimacy of the central Andante con molto espressione from "No. 3", to the infernal energy of their Op. 23 listen to the pianissimo moto perpetuo in the opening Presto, to the vernal delicacy of their Op. 24 listen to the spring wind blow through the new leaves in their Adagio molto espressivo, to the myriad beauties of their Op. 30 set listen to the tender duet in the Adagio molto espressivo in "No. 1," the tragic drama of the Finale of "No. 2" or the sublime grace of their "Tempo di Minuetto of No. 3", to the supreme lyricism of their Op. 96 listen to each and every artless and effortless note, Dumay and Pires have created deeply impressive and profoundly moving performances. Only the opening movement of their Op. 47 is a disappointment -- a performance not quite at the level of virtuosity that the piece demands -- but their central Andante and their closing Presto are so rapturously ecstatic that they nearly compensate for the slight weakness of the opening movement. As enshrined in Deutsche Grammophon's superbly natural sound, Dumay and Pires have created performances that stand with the Kreisler-Rupp, the Oistrakh-Oborin, Szeryng-Haebler, and the Kremer-Argerich as the very best ever made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947149521
  • Catalog Number: 471495
  • Sales rank: 83,528

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in D major, Op. 12/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Augustin Dumay (20:33)
  2. 2 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Augustin Dumay (16:59)
  3. 3 Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Augustin Dumay (20:20)
  4. 4 Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Augustin Dumay (19:27)
  5. 5 Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Christopher Alder (17:20)
  6. 6 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring") Op. 24 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Christopher Alder (23:53)
  7. 7 Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer") Op. 47 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Christopher Alder (38:26)
  8. 8 Sonata for violin & piano No. 10 in G major ("The Cockcrow") Op. 96 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Augustin Dumay (27:27)
  9. 9 Sonata for violin & piano No. 6 in A major, Op. 30/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Augustin Dumay (22:39)
  10. 10 Sonata for violin & piano No. 7 in C minor ("Eroica") Op. 30/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Augustin Dumay (24:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Augustin Dumay Primary Artist
Maria João Pires Piano
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