LABELS: RCA Victor Gold Seal
WORKS: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Op. 24 (Spring); Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Op. 30/3; Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Op. 47 (Kreutzer)
PERFORMER: Henryk Szeryng (violin), Artur Rubinstein (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 61861 2 ADD (1958/61)
Unfailingly distinguished readings of the best-loved of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, coupled with the marginally less familiar G major Sonata. Szeryng’s playing, high-flown, visionary, yet never charmless or casual, is the perfect foil to Rubinstein’s titanic presence at the keyboard.
Rubinstein proves to be a willingly compliant and sensitive accompanist in the Spring Sonata, allowing Szeryng’s captivating interpretation free reign. Their Kreutzer is memorable for its verve and corporate passion; athleticism and dignity unite in a splendid tribute to this formidable meeting of musical minds. Michael Jameson