180g Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Double LP!
From the Original Master of Universal Music!
Audiophile Analog Mastering by Sidney Claire Meyer at Emil Berliner Studios!
Pressed at Optimal in Germany!
First Time Ever on Vinyl!
The two exceptional musicians Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich have a long-standing, intensive musical relationship that has produced numerous outstanding recordings. Technically perfect, but still exciting is the game that the two artists present on this recording from 1995. Like other of her recordings of Beethoven's sonatas, this album is a real recommendation!
For unprepared listeners, the Argerich/Kremer duo should come with a blood pressure warning. For others this sequel to their Eighties recordings of Beethoven's early sonatas is all they would hope for. The playing starts where others' spontaneity leaves off — a matter of temperament, not wilfulness. You know where you are within seconds of the Kreutzer's start. A massive thrust of the bow begins an intensely expressive line, a crashing piano chord adds grandeur of articulation and then the Presto is off on its unstoppable run. Accent and attack, elemental drama rather than pace, distinguish die duo's way. In their extremes, she leads with the fiery precision, he with the soulful song. Rubato is generous, but does not cloy. In the G major Sonata, Op. 96, Kremer and Argerich have a very relaxed way with die opening theme, though the easing-in makes more sense given the moderation of eventual Allegro. In this sonata's Adagios, Argerich finds inward but full-toned sonorities and Kremer's line takes on a new, serene dimension.This is a very fine performance, while the Kreutzer is astonishing — a showpiece properly addressed. No comparisons: it has to be heard, but no mere room could contain this playing. - BBC Music Magazine
- 180g Audiophile Virgin Vinyl
- Double LP
- Recording: Montreux, Auditorium Stravinski 3/1994
- From the Original Master of Universal Music
- Audiophile Analog Mastering by Sidney Claire Meyer at Emil Berliner Studios
- Pressed at Optimal Media GmbH in Germany
- First Time Ever on Vinyl
- Gidon Kremer, violin
- Martha Argerich, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A major op.47
1. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
1. Andante con Variazioni (I-IV)
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G major op.96
2. Allegro moderato
1. Adagio expressivo
2. Scherzo. Allegro
3. Poco Allegretto – Adagio espressivo – Tempo I – Allegro – Poco Adagio – Presto