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Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano Box set

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An historic recording from the Philips archive, now available on 4 CDs at a budget price! The legendary Russian duo of David Oistrakh (violin) and Lev Orobin (piano) perform 10 Beethoven sonatas, including the Spring Sonata (No. 5) and the Kruetzer Sonata (No. 9). Beautiful!

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Product Details

  • Performer: Lev Oborin, David Oistrakh
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00005ND42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Many pairs have given us some fine readings of Beethoven's violin sonatas: Argerich/Kremer, Ashkenazy/Perlman, Grumiaux/Haskil, Szeryng/Haebler, Mutter/Orkis, Dumay/Pires, Pamela Frank/Claude Frank and others - each with their own style, color and insight. For a dazzling and spontaneous-sounding performance, Argerich/Kremer get high marks on a nice DG Beethoven Edition set which includes some great in-depth liner notes. Then, the romantic master, Perlman teams with Ashkenazy to give some of the most energetic, bold and satisfying readings - with that penetrating tone and showman style that is classic Perlman. Mutter and Orkis take a more daring, adventurous and romantic approach in their live 1998 recordings on tour. And so on.

But, listening to the performances of Oistrakh/Obirin, you hear a different take on these violin sonatas - one of more serenity, lyricism and really gentleness. What is notable about these readings is a consistent pace and more graceful tone to the music overall, conspicuosly lacking the more dramatic shifts in tempo and dynamics of other readings or that which one would nonrmally expect from Beethoven. Not to say this team does not fire it up in the scherzos and fast movements, but it is rarely done in an overly dramatic way or for effect. Also immediately heard is the ever-so beautiful and sweet tone of legendary violinist David Oistrakh which conveys a more tender side of Beethoven especially in the slower movements. Perhaps this duo's tonally-sensitive readings helps us remember that Beethoven also had a really gentle, loving inner nature and was equally adept at poinant lyricism as well as banging on the lower register of the keyboard. The tempos are overall a little slower, but highly poetic.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By George J. Filip on April 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Of all the recordings of Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano, this is the one that gets it right. The tone and clarity are perfect. The balance between the instruments is ideal. I've heard other more recent attempts in which the violin is either too quiet or has too much reverb, or the piano is too loud or too soft, but this recording is an optimal blend of sound and performance. The texture is so immediate and real that you can almost feel the wood and ivory coming through your speakers. Maybe it's because it's a German recording, I don't know, but these artists are Beethoven reincarnated. I imagine that this is how the master would have wanted to hear it. It's simply beautiful.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Scott68 on January 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
No one even came close to recording the Beethoven Sonatas as well as Oistrakh and Oborin, the two play as though they were one.
While one can argue that the tempos may stray from Beethoven's markings, I dare you to try to find a recording more full of emotion and warmth and that is the most important element to me. Music means nothing if it has no feeling even if it is perfectly executed. The melodies soar like they should and Beethoven would have no choice but to smile if he heard these performances.
It may be true that some or even many of Oistrakh's recordings do not sound unlike a performance in a tin can, that is simply not the case here.
Fortunately for all of us, this set was reissued very recently.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Richman on August 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The artistry on this set is of astonishingly high quality. Oistrakh's playing is sweet and true, and flawless. Oborin's playing is precise and articulate. Their ensemble is outstanding, they are completely in synch, and their attention to dynamics is completely literal and exact. Why not 5 stars then? Because gnawing away at me is the thought that Beethoven requires more intensity, even in the early sonatas. Maybe he requires not as much intensity as you get with the electrifying dynamism of Argerich and Kremer, or even with the unique introspective virtuosity of Mutter and Orkis. Oistrakh and Oborin, for all their musicality and technical perfection, make this music sound like Mozart, like it was written for an 18th-century drawing room. Beethoven may have started out in the 18th century, and his music may have been played in drawing rooms, but for sure, it wasn't written for salons and drawing rooms. As good as this set is--and I'm glad it is now available in digitally remastered format because I think highly of these performers--the music needs something more.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on December 7, 2007
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The other reviewer has it right! This is THE ONE! I have more than 8 recordings of Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano...and out of all of the ones that I have heard this is by far the best.

Others that are of note are the two Kempff has done. The first mono recording in the '50's with Schneiderhan and the later one in the '70's with Menuhin. Both of those are worth hearing (as is any Beethoven that Kempff recorded).

Perlman and Ashkenazy are a good 2nd choice, but it isn't a close 2nd. Oistrakh and Oborin are just that good!!!

Here we don't have musicians trying to compete. They play as if they are linked. The quality of the recording is very warm and in my opinion perfectly balanced.

All in all, this is the only version of Ludwig's sonatas that keep making it to my player.

UPDATE: The three volumes of IbragimovaBeethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1 is now my top choice!!! See my review of discs on volume 1!!!
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