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"Franz Schubert was a competent violinist and violist and his four violin sonatas pose no problems for skilled players. It is strange, then, that so few really recommendable recordings of them have been made. It is therefore no surprise that these beautiful interpretations by Johanna Martzy and Jean Antonietti have become legendary. These performers bring beautiful, meticulously prepared playing to all half dozen pieces. Their interpretations, which are well balanced and clearly recorded for the time, have an inherent strength but also pliancy, transparency and unsentimental sweetness where required."
"With her devoted accompanist Jean Antonietti (1915-1994),
Martzy establishes herself as a potent interpreter of Schubert’s works, which balance sincerity of expression with often deft and virtuosic prowess...The 1816 Violin Sonata in A Major, the so-called “Duo” D. 574, moves in plastic contours–sometimes in antique galant gestures–that become emotionally effusive but always within a strict sense of demure taste. The entire work evinces the propensity for song and lyric outpouring...Martzy’s razor-sharp intonation drives the music into our collective imagination. I would place these enduring inscriptions alongside those of Szymon Goldberg and Radu Lupu as monumental efforts on behalf of great Schubert playing."
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