Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this chest of jewels
Not so long ago, Zino Francescatti’s rendition of the Beethoven violin concerto was regarded as absolutely the finest. His performances of the violin sonatas, with the august Robert Casadesus, are a monument to elegance and professionalism. There is consummate respect and balance betwen these exemplary performers: neither predominates. The sonatas absolutely shine with an inward light. I was not the critic who originally used the word “suave” to describe this set, but I adopt it here. Next to the bizarre antics of Gidon Kremer, these stand out as the classical standard – and not in the pejorative sense of quotidian. There is much excitment and richness in these recordings, which, like the best of George Szell, combine emotional satisfaction and classical restraint.
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Zino Francescatti, Robert Casadesus
Number of Discs: 4
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 4.08 GB