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MOZART/BEETHOVEN/BRAHMS: VIOLIN SONATAS - KULHENKAMPFF, SOLTI (2 CDS)

MOZART/BEETHOVEN/BRAHMS: VIOLIN SONATAS - KULHENKAMPFF, SOLTI (2 CDS)

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Georg Solti’s first recordings were as a pianist – those with the great German violinist Georg Kulenkampff, here collected in their entirety. The two artists recorded Brahms’s G major sonata in February 1947 and Beethoven’s ’Kreutzer’ Sonata in June 1947. They completed the Brahms sonatas in July 1948. Sadly, this would be their only collaboration. Kulenkampff died on 4 October 1948, after a brief illness. He was only 50.

In these recordings with Kulenkampff, Solti’s exceptional abilities as a listener, his accomplishments as a repetiteur and his instinct as a soloist combine in perfect harmony. He is discreet but never excessively deferential in accompanimental passages, and bold but never obtrusive when the piano assumes a soloistic or quasi-orchestral prominence, especially in the Brahms sonatas and Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’. These recordings were made in the days when it was still standard practice to favour the violin acoustically, perpetuating the invidious idea of the pianist as mere ‘accompanist’. Yet through the very quality of his tone and impeccable judgement of his rhythm, Solti redresses the balance despite being somewhat ‘recessed’ by the recording team.

Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454
Georg Kulenkampff (violin), Sir Georg Solti (piano)

1. Largo - Allegro

2. Andante

3. Allegretto

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'
Georg Kulenkampff (violin), Sir Georg Solti (piano)

1. Adagio sostenuto - Presto

2. Andante con variazioni

3. Finale. Presto

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Georg Kulenkampff (violin), Sir Georg Solti (piano)

1. Vivace ma non troppo

2. Adagio

3. Allegro molto moderato

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Georg Kulenkampff (violin), Sir Georg Solti (piano)

1. Allegro amabile

2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di più - Andante vivace

3. Allegretto grazioso, quasi andante

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Georg Kulenkampff (violin), Sir Georg Solti (piano)

1. Allegro

2. Adagio

3. Un poco presto e con sentimento

4. Presto agitato

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