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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas No. 5 - Spring & No. 9 - Kreutzer

Ludwig van Beethoven , Vladimir Ashkenazy , Itzhak Perlman Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 1. Adagio sostenuto - PrestoItzhak Perlman11:52Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 2. Andante con variazioniItzhak Perlman16:30Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 3. Finale (Presto)Itzhak Perlman 8:49Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 1. AllegroItzhak Perlman 9:59Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 2. Adagio molto espressivoItzhak Perlman 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)Itzhak Perlman 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)Itzhak Perlman 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00001IVOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Hands down, this is the recording to own of two of Beethoven's chamber music masterpieces, the Kreutzer and Spring Sonatas. It captures one of classical music's greatest duos--Vladimir Ashkenazy and Itzhak Perlman--at the height of their powers, and the results are glorious, made only better by a great digital remastering. The 1973 recording of the Kreutzer is filled with impassioned playing (particularly in the case of Perlman) and spot-on tonality. The first movement is unbelievably riveting in the duo's capable hands. Spring is slightly more restrained, but just as beautiful. Simply gorgeous. --Jason Verlinde

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the Ages June 17, 2001
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Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata for Violin and Piano is probably the most famous piece ever written for these two instruments. It is ironic that most people associate it with the story by Tolstoy, because the middle movement (andante with variations) features some of the most serenely beautiful music ever written and the tone of the piece overall is a world away from the harsh emotions pervading Tolstoy's grim tale of adultery and revenge.
Reissued in the new Decca Legends series (a belated response to the hugely successful DG Originals?), this recording of the Kreutzer is my choice for the greatest performance of this work available on CD. Gideon Kremer and Martha Argerich run a close second and Maxim Vengerov is very impressive indeed in his rendition with Alexander Markovich, but in my view you just can't beat Perlman and Ashkenazy's truly "legendary" showing. The eloquence and power of their reading is unique, and the recording is as close to perfect as one is likely to get. Coupled with a fine performance of the Spring Sonata, this album is one of the stars of my collection.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul stirring Performance!!! March 18, 2002
By A Customer
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This is easily one of my Prized possessions -These are among the finest pieces of Music ever composed and this performance by Perlman and Ashkenazy is truly a glorious one reminding us that
'A THING OF BEAUTY IS JOY FOREVER'.Of the two sonatas the SPRING is my favourite.What a longing and Poignancy Perlman brings in the opening movement and Ashkenazy is a perfect match in Restrained Elegance and Heroic Poise.The second movement is highly contemplative one and plumbing great depths.The anguish seems to have been resolved through some deep understanding and in the Third movement there is already a sense of having come to terms and a certain elan.The playing throughout is of the hightened sensitivity-truly marvellous.In these troubled times we cannot do better than to listen to these masterpieces by these truly great artists in order to revive our faith that there is within us the power to transform -the power of compassion!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent chemistry July 23, 2001
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This recording of what are basically the two most popular of Beethoven's violin sonatas is one of the finest ever made. The chemistry between Perlman and Ashkenazy is outstanding. Perlman's playing is of course phenomenal as usual, his exceptional technique and tone are surpased only by the amount of feeling and emotion conveyed by his playing. Ashkenazy is by no means overshadowed, his playing provides the perfect compliment to Perlman. It is rare to find a recording with so feeling between the performers and this is one disc I can recomend to anyone and everyone.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is that great March 25, 2004
By peederj
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The other reviewers here (at time of writing, they were all 5-stars) aren't exaggerating. I sing each movement of these sonatas impulsively and I cannot find opportunity for improvement in either the music or the performance.
This would be a good disc to give as a gift. I cannot imagine a negative response. This is the sublime, and it transcends petty stylistic considerations. There is no room for argument here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable August 13, 2005
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The other posts are not exaggerating, this recording is that good. The level of passion and energy in the playing on this album places it as one of the great classical recordings ever. The Gideon Kremer and Martha Argerich recording isn't close. For some works, it's fun listening to a variety of recordings; that's not the case with the "Kreutzer." This album leaves you with no tolerance for other performances, which all seem anemic by comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven also composed inner peace August 8, 2002
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Beethoven being a torn apart person in a deeply divided period, divided between dreams of democracy and a reality of dictatorship, dreams of a modern romantic age and a reality of the persistence of classical norms, dreams of ideal love and a reality of materialistic weddings, we could expect these sonatas to be tortured by such conflicts that would embody themselves in a fight to the death between the violin and the piano and we are surprised by the fact we do not find such a conflictual approach. The violin and the piano (a pinaoforte if you please) are surely opposed, with brilliant domination for the one or the other here and there but these moments of domination always emerge from total blend and always lead to total blend. The two instruments represent then a dream of perfect union Beethoven nourished in his deepest mind, even if this union could only come from opposition and confrontation. Beethoven suffered in his times because his dream of perfection, of perfect unisson was never fulfilled and he expresses his desire, his thirst for this perfection in these sonatas. In other words he goes beyond the easy conflict he could build up with his two instruments to reach a completely unreal, surreal world of never ending dialogue and merging of the two. In other words, in the sonatas that are most mature, he creates an atmosphere of peace and quiet that is heavenly and out of this world. He wants to submerge us in this total quietness that contains innovation and a vision of the future. He is a prophet of a new equilibrium that will never come. He is romantic in this dream and yet he seems to neglect the fact that conflict is the only fuel that makes the world move to higher levels of social consciousness. They are both modern to the utmost and yet beyond time at any moment of their beauty.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another successful remastering at 24 bits in this short and impressive...
This disc brings together two of Beethoven's finest violin sonatas and two musicians at the very peak of their very considerable powers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite recording.
I'm not very well schooled in classical music, not particularly sophisticated, and not very articulate about it, though I have lived with it my entire life. Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. Ratcheson
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, elegant and passionate
This recording is like a time capsule - a perfectly balanced moment in history which manages to capture the genius of Ashkenazy and the technical mastery of Perlman at the very... Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by T. C. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances
I have actually heard people say that Itzhak Perlman is overrated. Well, if he had only recorded this disc in his career, he would still stand, I think, as one of the great... Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by G.D.
3.0 out of 5 stars good content, bad record
the sound is not very clearly, yet the record is so far from nowadays, I recommend the BOX SET edition above this.
Published on January 3, 2006 by James Borne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation
I could not say more than what other reviewers have said. This is a great recording of the millenium especially Perlman he has that "technique" that put him apart from his peers eg... Read more
Published on September 14, 2004 by MR WT MAKHATHINI
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest recording....
Perlman ever made -- and I own a lot of them.
Published on June 19, 2003 by shantinik
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever
I've tried so many other recordings ( with all the BIG names attached to it). Nobody gets into these two sonatas better than this (I mean this 1973 Recording). Read more
Published on February 21, 2003 by Howard Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong..
I'm not a musicologist or a professor...I'm just a guy who loves Beethoven. The Kreutzer is very strong sounding in the first movement. Read more
Published on December 5, 2002
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