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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 (Fuchs, Balsam) - Nos. 1-4 (1952)


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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 (Fuchs, Balsam) - Nos. 1-4 (1952)

Described by Nathan Milstein as ‘the greatest American-trained violinist’, Joseph Fuchs had an immensely long career, continuing to give recitals at Carnegie Hall until he was 93. He was a soloist with every major American orchestra and made many important recordings, including the concertos by Hindemith and Vaughan Williams, as well as Mozart’s G major and Sinfonia concertante. For many years Fuchs had a duo with the pianist Artur Balsam with whom he made several recordings, including the Beethoven Violin Sonatas of which this disc forms the first of three volumes. Apart from being the first complete cycle on the new vinyl medium, this one set a high standard in quality of both recording and performance. In his review of the original LP release in the December 21, 1952 New York Times Harold C Schonberg wrote: “Fuchs and Balsam make a magnificent team… Both instrumentalists scorn effects of a superficial nature and probe directly to the music’s bone.These are strong, powerful, thoughtful performances that have the added virtue of being technically impeccable”.

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
1.   I. Allegro con brio 00:05:53
2.   II. Theme and Variations: Andante con moto 00:07:02
3.   III. Rondo: Allegro 00:04:38
  Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2
4.   I. Allegro vivace 00:06:16
5.   II. Andante, più tosto Allegretto 00:05:45
6.   III. Allegro piacevole 00:04:40
  Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3
7.   I. Allegro con spirito 00:05:43
8.   II. Adagio con molt' espressione 00:05:25
9.   III. Rondo: Allegro molto 00:03:55
  Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
10.   I. Presto 00:04:43
11.   II. Andante scherzoso, più Allegretto 00:05:29
12.   III. Allegro molto 00:05:04

Total Playing Time: 01:04:33

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Balsam, Artur; Fuchs, Joseph

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Violinist

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.111251

Barcode: 0747313325122

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Physical Release: 05/2008

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