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French Violin Sonatas / Mintz, Bronfman

Mintz / Bronfman
Release Date: 09/23/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4775448   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  César FranckClaude DebussyGabriel FauréFritz Kreisler,   ... 
Performer:  Yefim BronfmanShlomo MintzClifford Benson
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have already reviewed three new versions of the Franck Sonata this year, and have few reservations in placing this splendidly polished CD at the top of the list, especially whilst taking into account the sensible coupling. As it stands the Chung/Lupu Decca LP would be a little expensive if transferred without additional works to the CD format, since the Debussy performance lasts for only 15 minutes or so. Their performances are more musically impressive than the newcomers; in the Franck Chung displays greater temperament than Mintz and certain passages are handled with greater expressivity—for instance, the obbligato episode in semiquavers in the third movement. Whilst Bronfman's pedal effects are a delight in the Franck, he can phrase Read more rather self-consciously at times. The recording quality of the much-admired Perlman/Ashkenazy performance (also on Decca) has not been greatly improved with transfer to CD; the violin lacks bloom.

In the Debussy, Chung and Lupu rise to the caprcious inventiveness of this the composer's last work in a way that makes the DG artists sound sober by comparison. Mints delineates his use of differing bowing techniques more than does Chung. Nevertheless, he is always elegant, with an immaculately pure tone. He has quite put behind him anything as mundane as problems of intonation.

Considerations in the Ravel Sonata are somewhat different, and here it is the French team of Dumay and Collard that are the most idiomatic (EMI Pathe Marconi). Neither Davidovich (Orfeo) nor Bronfman have quite got the 'blues' rhythm asked for in the second movement, the former almost allowing this to degenerate into a dirge (and Sitkovetsky's playing generally does not possess the technical refinement of the other two). The French players, who are well-recorded, opt for a faster initial tempo. Dumay's whirlwind playing of the perpetuum mobile finale leaves Mintz sounding rather careful, however fast his tempo may be. Taking into account the very engaging recording quality of this issue, the marvellously finished performances and the generously well-conceived coupling, I have no real hesitation in recommending this new disc.

-- Gramophone [9/1986]


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...Returning to Galleria, let me recommend without reservations a splendidly played and recorded Shlomo Mintz recital with Clifford Benson of Kreisler encores, including all his most famous pieces, such as Caprice viennoise, Liebesleid, Liebesfreud and Tambourin chinois, plus arrangements and pastiches of music by Albeniz, Weber, Wieniawski, Dvorak, Glazunov and others. This infectious recital comprised part of Mintz's recording debut for DG in 1981 and very entertaining it is, backed by a recording that is realistically full of presence.

-- Gramophone [1/1991]
reviewing disc 2, previously released as DG 423876
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano), Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Musica Théâtre 
Length: 27 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano), Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Musica Théâtre 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1986 
Venue:  Cologne, Deutschlandfunk, Sendesaal 
Length: 26 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 108 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1986 
Venue:  Cologne, Deutschlandfunk, Sendesaal 
Length: 24 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Polchinelle by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Gypsy Caprice by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
Caprice for Violin and Piano in A minor [after Wieniawski] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
10.
Sérénade espagnole for Violin and Piano [after Glazunov, Op. 20 no 2] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11.
La Précieuse in the style of Couperin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Apple Blossoms: Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Clifford Benson (Piano), Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
13.
Danse espagnole for Violin and Piano [after Granados, Op. 37 no 5] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Clifford Benson (Piano), Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1927; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Musica Théâtre 
Length: 17 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin), Clifford Benson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/1980 
Venue:  Jerusalem, Music Center 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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