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BEETHOVEN: SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO - FRANCESCATTI, CASADESEUS (7 CDS)

BEETHOVEN: SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO - FRANCESCATTI, CASADESEUS (7 CDS)

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These two patrician French musicians were leading lights at American Columbia from the 1940s until well into the 1960s. During World War II, violinist Zino Francescatti and pianist Robert Casadesus began performing as a duo (they were both also collaborators with Ravel early in the careers), and in the decades since then the Columbia/Sony catalogue has documented this partnership distinguished by interpretive grace and technical Polish. Although Francescatti is probably best remembered for his wide-ranging concerto recordings with Bernstein, Ormandy and Bruno Walter and Casadesus for his sparkling Mozart concertos with Szell, their duo recordings were also greatly admired by music lovers, especially their landmark interpretations of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas. The first of these recordings - made in mono between 1949 and 1957 in New York, when both musicians were living in the US - comprised Nos. 3-9. A remake, this time the complete cycle, was recorded in stereo in Paris in 1958 and 1961. Now Sony Classical is reissuing all of these performances in a single 7-album set.

- Disc 1 -
1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" (Remastered)
2 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 12/1 (Remastered)
- Disc 2 -
1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 12/3 (Remastered)
2 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4, Op. 23 (Remastered)
3 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 24 "Spring" (Remastered)
- Disc 3 -
1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 12/2 (Remastered)
2 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6, Op. 30/1 (Remastered)
3 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30/3 (Remastered)
- Disc 4 -
1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7, Op. 30/2 (Remastered)
2 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10, Op. 96 (Remastered)
- Disc 5 -
1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 12/3 (Remastered) [1950 Recording]
2 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4, Op. 23 (Remastered) [1950 Recording]
3 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" (Remastered) [1949 Recording]
- Disc 6 -
1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7, Op. 30/2 (Remastered) [1953 Recording]
2 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30/3 (Remastered) [1953 Recording]
- Disc 7 -
1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 24 "Spring" (First Release) (TBC)
2 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6, Op. 30/1 (First Release) (TBC)