Complete Violin Sonatas (Dig)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.7 x 14.3 x 1.7 cm; 172.08 g
- メーカー : Deutsche Grammophon
- EAN : 0028947149521
- 製造元リファレンス : 028947149521
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2002
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN : B00006AKUV
- ディスク枚数 : 3
Violin-piano teams are surprisingly rare among chamber music combinations, and the Dumay-Pires duo is one of the most renowned. Their partnership began 12 years ago with Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata; this recording project took from 1997 to 2002 to complete. Though they admit to having differences of opinion and indeed at some points seem to have agreed to disagree, the performances show the fruits of their long, close collaboration in the perfection of ensemble, balance, and stylistic unanimity. Both players are consummate masters of their instrument and possess the effortless brilliance of virtuosos, but their interpretations, though carefully planned and thought out, are likely to raise a lot of eyebrows.
Their playing is predominantly loud and frequently strident. The piano sounds clangorous, and while the violinist's tone can soar, he uses an unremittingly fast, intense vibrato (or none at all for sudden changes of color). Their style is large-scale and heroic, but driven and aggressive. To achieve utmost contrast, they overdo everything: dynamics are excessive; tempos, though generally sensible, change at will; impetuosity becomes turbulence; drama chaotic abandon. Most disturbing, they blithely ignore Beethoven's meticulous markings, adding and eliminating dynamics, changing note lengths, choosing bowings for instrumental convenience, not phrasing and articulation. In this heavy-handed approach, charm, lightness, delicacy, and emotional continuity are lost, and character and expression are projected through exaggerated external effects rather than inner experience. One cannot help wondering why it is so often the best players who tend to take the easy way out. Listeners will find their own favorite sonatas and interpretations, from the bright, youthful exuberance of No. 1 to the calm serenity of No. 10. --Edith Eisler
Augustin Dumay and Maria Joao Pires
I enjoyed this set of the Beethoven violin sonatas enormously. I’m never one to say there is a single “best” recording of major works, particularly in a crowded field like this, but Dumay’s and Pires’s are unquestionably among the top ones. They had been playing these sonatas for some years. These therefore are “lived in “ interpretations which the musicians had discussed, developed and even (according to the booklet) argued over before setting down the recordings, over four and a half years variously at London’s Henry Wood Hall and Paco d’Arcos in Portugal from late 1997 to mid 2002. As with any great performances of music you think you know, there are interpretive delights and little surprises throughout. The recording quality is excellent, as you would expect from DG. Whether you already have older recordings of this repertory and want a newer one, or are diving into these wonderful works for the first time, don’t hesitate.