Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Three discs devoted to just two of Beethoven's 10 violin sonatas in multiple performances... amazing in the breadth of differences from one to another... there is Joseph Szigeti with Bela Bartók at the piano... transforming music we thought we knew pretty well into a newly minted thing of flame and cataclysm. The performance of choice ["Spring" Sonata] is sublime an outpouring of affectionate musical togetherness that could well stand as the full definition of chamber music."
-- LA Weekly (USA)
This three-CD set showcases Beethoven's most famous Violin Sonatas in multiple performances by some of the 20th century's greatest violin/piano duos. A virtual master class in Golden Age interpretation, this collection features three performances of the "Spring" Sonata and four of the "Kreutzer" Sonata, ranging from Georg Kulenkampff and Wilhelm Kempff's "Kreutzer" in 1935 to Nathan Milstein and Arthur Balsam's "Spring" in 1950. The set also includes the celebrated 1940 "Kreutzer" performance at the Library of Congress by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Barók. To recapture the magic of these performances for a new century, rare, pristine 78s were transferred and 24-bit digitally remastered using the state-of-the-art CAP 440 technique. The 112-page, three-language companion book features classic photos of the performers and evocative images of the composer, as well as an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tim Page, an insightful contextual essay by Jed Distler ("Reading Between the Musical Lines") and detailed artist biographies from "The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians."