- Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
- Scherzo for violin & piano in C minor (third movement of "F-A-E Sonata"), WoO posth. 2
- Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
- Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
The performances heard on this recording by the superstar duo of violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Martha Argerich do not exactly form a discrete group: the first work, Schumann's "Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105," was recorded live in 1998, while the rest consists of 2016 studio recordings. The 1998 performance, however, was part of a concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, that provided the stimulus for the joint recording. The Schumann sonata performance was not released at that time, and the rest of the program expands on the music it presents. It's nice to have the Schumann, which has a good deal of tension and energy. As for the rest, it's hard to point to a clear decline in the skills of either of the septuagenarian performers. The "Drei Fantasiestücke for violin and piano. Op. 73," do not lie as easily under Perlman's fingers as the final two works, but these give a strong taste of what has made him one of the top players of the past half-century. The Bach "Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017," makes a good balance for the contrapuntal Schumann sonata and allows Perlman to spin out the long, warm lines he does so well. Sample the opening "Siciliano" slow movement, gentle and perfectly controlled, for confirmation that you're getting a bona fide entry in the catalog of great Perlman performances. The rather rare Brahms movement of the collaborative "F-A-E Sonata" (the other three movements are by other composers) is also quite effective. Martha Argerich's skills as an accompanist are nonpareil, and she is extremely sensitive to what Perlman is doing throughout. A fine late-career release for both artists, this will be a must-have for fans of either one.
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