Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, etc.

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, etc.

by Pinchas Zukerman



Re-releases of historical performances are frequently guilty of one crime in particular: although they do a service to listeners by restoring performances of legendary musicians, they deny them any information whatsoever in the liner notes explaining the historical significance or, in the case of du Pré, Barenboim, and Zukerman, the rather significant relationships between them. Zukerman's Beethoven sonatas can be quite appealing. His sound is quite lean and focused. In a concerto setting, the same sound may become strident, but it works especially well in contrast with Beethoven's rather lush and powerful piano writing. The balance and byplay between Zukerman and Barenboim is invigorating, and the sensitivity that both of these musicians display in slow movements is poignant. Zukerman has occasional intonation problems, though, especially with chords and double-stops; this issue is not present in his 1992 recording of the complete cycle with pianist Marc Neikrug. The Tchaikovsky "Trio" was recorded in Tel Aviv by unknown producers and unknown sound engineers. The result suffers considerably as a result. The "Trio"'s sound is quite thin and unsatisfying. Du Pré's playing, so often characterized by power and stoutness here sounds weak -- definitely not a representative sample of this ensemble's true abilities.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2000
Label: Emi Classics
UPC: 0724357365024
catalogNumber: 73650


  1. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 7 in C minor ("Eroica"), Op. 30/2
  2. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3
  3. Sonata for Violin & Piano No.10 in G major ("The Cockcrow"), Op. 96
  4. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer") Op. 47
  5. Piano Trio ("In Memory of a Great Artist"), in A minor, Op. 50

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