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Beethoven: "Kreutzer", "Spring" Sonatas / Perlman, Ashkenazy

Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 458618   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Itzhak PerlmanVladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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These ageless performances have been wonderfully remastered using 24-bit technology, which gives even more clarity, depth, and detail to the already excellent 1973-74 recordings. Itzhak Perlman's spontaneity and tonal beauty are equally matched by his rhythmic alacrity and amazing care for nuance. Vladimir Ashkenazy's flexible and precise piano creates the perfect frame for such a jewel. Violin and piano totally fuse with each other, transforming themselves into another ideal instrument--perhaps not as openly dramatic and conflicting as Beethoven may have wished (listen to Kremer and Argerich, exact opposites of Perlman/Ashkenazy), but one of supreme homogeneity and sense of respiration. As a result, the
Read more "Kreutzer" Sonata shows a less monumental, more open and human face than usual, while the "Spring" rarely has justified its title so completely. With these performances, Perlman and Ashkenazy became an instant classic duet, the peer of legends such as Heifetz/Moiseiwitsch, Szigeti/Bartók, Huberman/Friedman, and Grumiaux/Haskil. Priceless--especially at mid-price.

--Luca Sabbatini, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1973 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 37 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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