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Library Of Congress Vol 20 - Beethoven / Szeryng, Graffman


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9165   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk SzeryngGary Graffman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In his autobiography I Really Should Be Practicing, pianist Gary Graffman warmly recalls his chamber music collaborations with violinist Henryk Szeryng. Judging from these Beethoven performances culled from previously unreleased 1970/71 Library of Congress concerts, the Szeryng/Graffman partnership yielded exciting results. The rapid figurations in the E-flat Op. 12 No. 3's first movement bounce back and forth between Szeryng and Graffman with irresistible and stylish élan, while the duo's brisker than usual yet colorfully sustained central Adagio is refreshing in its expressive economy. Also note the spirited give and take in the D major Op. 12 No. 1's outer movements. The "Kreutzer" sonata's louder moments sometimes find Graffman forcing Read more his tone to monochrome effect, and his more insistent fingerwork doesn't match the nimble finesse of Arthur Rubinstein's 1958 studio version with Szeryng (still the violinist's finest "Kreutzer"). In any event, Szeryng's on top form, and the sound quality is way above average for archival recordings. Recommended with pleasure.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Gary Graffman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/03/1971 
Venue:  Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress 
Length: 20 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Library of Congress, Washington DC (1970 - 1971) 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Gary Graffman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress 
Length: 18 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress (12/10/1970 - 12/11/1970) 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Gary Graffman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Library of Congress, Washington DC 
Length: 31 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Library of Congress, Washington DC (12/10/1970 - 12/11/1970) 

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