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Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas / Kavakos, Pace


Release Date: 01/15/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001792202  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas KavakosEnrico Pace
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here’s the accepted line on the Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Mozart carried the form out of parlor-night amateurism and heroically unshackled and liberated the violin, giving it generally more to do making it an equal partner in the duo. He passed the torch to Beethoven, who made the Violin Sonata even more serious, like Symphony Serious. Like no-coughing-for-twenty-minutes serious. And Beethoven’s Ten Violin Sonatas are now Cornerstones of the Repertoire. My God, the pressure! But what’s fantastic about this record, featuring third-generation Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and a pianist I hadn’t heard of, is that this music is kept light and clean. It sounds like these guys are having fun and enjoying themselves — which makes the music fun Read more and enjoyable. Ruddy, spirited playing from Kavakos; attentive articulation, sensitivity, and balanced attack from Pace. Lighten up and enjoy.

– Ben Finane, Listen Magazine [Spring 2013]

Past critical acclaim:

“[Q]uite possibly the most beautiful violin tone imaginable.” - Der Tagesspiegel

“[A] soloist like Leonidas Kavakos plays his part with the slimmest tone and with such virtuosity that it appears to be the most natural thing in the world.” - Derek Weber, KlassikInfo.de, Salzburger Festival, 5 September 2012

“[T]he integrity and artistry of his performance … showed a profound understanding of the score. There was place in his performance for charisma and flair too – punishing technical passages were dispatched with electrifying panache – but with gaze firmly fixed on his strings he concerned himself with playing the concert at hand and not the audience." - Zwölftöner, Bachtrack.com, 4 September 2012 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 

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.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.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.8 in G, Op.30 No.3: 1. Allegro assai
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3: 2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3: 3. Allegro vivace
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)

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