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Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano And Violin / Oistrakh, Oborin


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 468406   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David OistrakhLev Oborin
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the return of these stereo recordings by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin (made in Paris in 1962), many collectors will find an automatic first choice. This new Philips set presents these accounts in fine digital transfers and has the benefit of having all 10 sonatas placed sequentially across four CDs. The performances are exceptionally fine, sometimes not as dramatic as Schneiderhan's (DG), it's true, but always intensely musical and natural. For example, compare Oistrakh's reading of the darkly urgent C minor work (Op. 30 No. 2) with Schneiderhan's and you'll find an altogether more comfortable ride, without the sometimes fussy dramatic overlay. That owes something to Oborin's greater restraint, an impression also bolstered by the Read more aural perspective of the recordings in which the players are positioned considerably apart, with violin to the left and piano to the right. Okay, it's not really ideal, and some listeners will find this extreme balance annoying, but it's a small price to pay considering the caliber of these performances.


In the epic "Kreutzer" sonata Oistrakh plays majestically and thoughtfully, the slow movement being beautifully inflected without losing its tight rhythmic control. On balance Oistrakh probably comes closest to Grumiaux's style of playing, with its tonal purity and dignity, though the iron-fisted austerity of Schneiderhan's DG performances remains impressive. What you don't need in Beethoven, however, is the inflammatory but often clumsy rhetoric that Szeryng sometimes produced, and in this regard Oistrakh can't be faulted, for these are readings of the highest sophistication. Finally, there are also very special qualities in Oistrakh and Oborin's classically concise readings of the earlier sonatas, particularly the three Op. 12 works and the Op. 30 group. What you'll find here is a duo that devotes minute attentiveness to every passing detail, along the way conveying a powerful feeling of joyfulness and discovery. This is essential listening, and not just for violin devotees: this set belongs in everyone's collection!
--Michael Jameson, 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:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 18 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 17 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 24 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 30 Secs. 
10. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin), Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Le Chant du Monde, Paris, France 
Length: 34 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1: 1. Allegro con brio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1: 2. Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1: 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2: 1. Allegro vivace
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2: 2. Andante più tosto allegretto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2: 3. Allegro piacevole
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3: 1. Allegro con spirito
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3: 2. Adagio con molt' espressione
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3: 3. Rondo (Allegro molto)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23: 1. Presto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23: 2. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23: 3. Allegro molto
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)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1: 1. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1: 3. Allegretto con variazioni

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