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

Release Date: 04/11/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000624602   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyItzhak Perlman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 "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 Read more 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,
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 24 Minutes 24 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 
Length: 37 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer": 1. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer": 2. Andante con variazioni
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer": 3. Finale (Presto)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring": 1. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring": 2. Adagio molto espressivo
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring": 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring": 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)

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