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Handel, Mozart, Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas / Milstein, Et Al


Release Date: 06/06/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67316   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelWolfgang Amadeus MozartSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nathan MilsteinArtur BalsamLeon Pommers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

An album of this sort seems as much concocted to present a portrait of the artist as to offer interpretations of the music--and there's no arguing here about the fact that violinist Nathan Milstein plays with supreme virtuosity. Just listen to the scherzo of the Prokofiev, in which he tosses off difficult passages with ease. Throughout all of these sonatas his technique and intonation are sure and steady. But he also has something most players do not, a heightened sensitivity to the singing line, a quality that's brilliantly exhibited in the third movement of the Prokofiev and in the broad, majestic opening of the Handel. This is noble and patrician playing of the highest order, an art that cries virtuoso and serves the music in the same Read more instant. Milstein's accompanists always were more like partners, and Artur Balsam and Leon Pommers were two of the best. The mono sound is as good as the old Capitol Full Dimensional Sound logo would lead one to suspect.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata in D major by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin), Artur Balsam (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/26/1955 
Venue:  Studio A, Capitol 46th Street Studios 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 296 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin), Leon Pommers (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957-58 
Venue:  Studio A, Capitol 46th Street Studios 
Length: 15 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, K 304 (300c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leon Pommers (Piano), Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1957 
Venue:  Studio A, Capitol 46th Street Studios 
Length: 11 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K 301 (293a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leon Pommers (Piano), Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1957 
Venue:  Studio A, Capitol 46th Street Studios 
Length: 11 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5. Sonatinas (2) for Piano, Op. 54: no 2 in G major by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Artur Balsam (Piano), Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/26/1955 
Venue:  Studio A, Capitol 46th Street Studios 
Length: 21 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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