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1. Sonata No. 8 for Piano and Violin, Op. 30, No. 3 (G Major/G-Dur/Sol Maj
2. I - Allegro Assai [Live]
3. II - Tempo Di Minuetto, Ma Molto Moderato E Grazioso [Live]
4. III - Allegro Vivace [Live]
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 18 (E-Flat Major/Es-Dur/Mi Bemol Majeu
6. I - Allegro, Ma Non Troppo [Live]
7. II - Improvisation: Andante Cantabile [Live]
8. III - Finale: Andante; Allegro [Live]
9. Nocturne for piano in C minor, KK IVb/8, CT. 128 (B. 108) [Live]
10. Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer" for violin solo [Live]

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  • Audio Cassette (May 7, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Label: Sony Music Entertain
  • ASIN: B00000EI6X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Four days before her nineteenth birthday, standing for the first time on the stage of a legendary building, in front of a sellout crowd (3000), Midori delivers an extraordinary 100-minute long program, from memory. Unfortunately, the CD version can only include 75 minutes of it, and thus excluded Mozart's sonata K.301 and a resplendent tour de force of Sarasate's Zapateado. Therefore, I sincerely exhort anyone who's interested in Midori to buy the LD or VHS version.
The second piece of the program is the magnificent, hyper-romantic, yet seldom recorded sonata by the young Richard Strauss. In contrast with the previous piece, this ultra-dramatic sonata is marvellously rich in content and expressive opportunities, and one can scarcely imagine it being played more effectively by someone else. Midori's technical finesse and enchanting tone, governed by a contemplative mind and a feverishly ardent heart, ready to pump out into the rapt audience at any moment, culminate in an immensely moving rendition. The listener must also credit the pianist Robert McDonald's spirited and sensitive playing. One can't help wondering why one so rarely hears this splendid piece.
This enigma is not so confounding after one listens to Heifetz's 1954 studio recording of the same piece. Seasoned critic Henry Roth declares that the Strauss Sonata "belongs" to Heifetz in the sense that few would dispute his supremacy. Indeed, Heifetz championed this work throughout his career, yet apparently to little avail; were Midori in Heifetz's position, she would positively have widely popularized the work.
Midori begins the second half with Beethoven's Sonata No. 8. She captures the gaiety and animation of the outer movements as well as anyone else, yet they are not fully gratifying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 21, 2008
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Let me add just a partial comment to the other reviewers' posts. I bought this disc in the context of a comparative survey of Strauss' Violin Sonata. Midori and McDonald turn out a superb reading, maybe the best I've heard so far. They have the perfect grasp of the work's sprawling and elusive architecture and they manage the transitions just right. Their first movement is overall significantly broader than Chung's and Zimmermann's (10:57 against 10:40, Strauss: Sonata For Violin and Piano/Respighi:Sonata For Violin and Piano) and close to the second to Oliveira's and Ponce's (Elmar Oliveira plays Brahms, Strauss, Sarasate and others), but that is somewhat deceptive: section by section, they are more intense in the introductory statement than these, avoiding the sense of swooning languidness that Chung elicits, and then, when the appassionato sets it (at 1:19, against Chung's and Oliveira's 1:24) they really let out all the lyrical juices. Yet, while she has some of the intensity of Heifetz, Midori avoids the curious jauntiness of his phrasings (in his two later recordings, 1954 Brahms: Trio, Op.8/Dohnányi: Serenade, Op.10/Strauss: Sonata, Op.18 and 1972 Heifetz Collection, Vol. 46: The Final Recital). She also has superb nuancing, and her control of dynamics is impressive.Read more ›
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on November 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'll preface this review by saying that I've been disappointed in the past with some of Midori's recordings. She was never lacking in technical skill, and RARELY does she have intonation problems. I did have issues with her musicalty. It is in technically difficult pieces (like the Paganini caprices) that her skills shine.

This recording is a dazzling display of technical ability and artistry. Midori has the audacity to attempt Ernst's 6th polyphonic etude (The Last Rose of Summer) in a LIVE recital. She pulls it off without error except intonation issues on a few notes (easily forgiven!). The CD is worth owning for this one piece alone.

The Beethoven and Strauss sonatas are played with wonderful clarity and.. dare I say... musicality. The sound quality is excellent save a few audible coughs from the audience which come with live recordings.
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By melissa hirsch on April 4, 2014
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Looked for this particular Beethoven music and Midori performs this music perfectly with perfection and incredible artistry and great beauty
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I'm always curious to hear Beethoven. Midori is good. She plays no games, she plays Beethoven.
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