Faust, Blendulf / ZKO — Zurich, 2015-02-03

… it was fascinating to observe how the violin remained audible, kept a clear presence even through minimal, light movements of the bow (…)
In the subsequent Larghetto, the soloist enchanted the audience with the most intimate, whispering tones, played almost sul ponticello, with minute, discreet movements of the bow, merely a hint, but always present, down to the softest ppp and below — one could almost sense the audience holding breath, totally captured by this playing.


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Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, op.61

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, op.61 — comparing recordings with the following artists: Batiashvili (2007), Busch/Busch (1942), Faust/Abbado (2010), Francescatti/Walter (1961), Grumiaux/Galliera (1966), Heifetz/Munch (1955), Huberman/Szell (1934), Jansen/Järvi (2009), Kennedy (2007), Kopatchinskaja/Herreweghe (2009), Kreisler/Blech (1926), Kremer/Harnoncourt (1992), Menuhin/Furtwängler (1947), Milstein/Szell (1964), Mullova/Gardiner (2002), Oistrakh/Gauk (1952), Oistrakh/Cluytens (1959), Stern/Bernstein (1959), Szeryng/Schmidt-Isserstedt (1965), Suk/Konwitschny (1962), Tetzlaff/Zinman (2005), Zehetmair/Brüggen (1997)


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20th Century Violin Concertos (Diary 2014-05-28)

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto Nr.2 in G minor, op.63 — Kopatchinskaja; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D — Kopatchinskaja; Bartók: Violin Concerto No.1, Sz.36 / BB 48a & Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112 / BB 117 — Faust vs. Kopatchinskaja; Eötvös: Violin Concerto “Seven” — Kopatchinskaja; Ligeti: Violin Concerto — Kopatchinskaja


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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Comparison Summary

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas — Summary for comparisons of recordings, involving the artists Busch/Serkin, Capuçon/Braley, Faust/Melnikov, Grumiaux/Haskil, Kremer/Argerich, Menuhin/Kempff, Mullova/Bezuidenhout, Oistrakh/Oborin, Perlman/Argerich, Perlman/Ashkenazy, Szeryng/Rubinstein


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Beethoven: Violin Sonata op.96

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.10 in G major, op.96, “The Cockcrow” — comparing 7 recordings: Capuçon/Braley (2009), Faust/Melnikov (2008), Grumiaux/Haskil (1957), Kremer/Argerich (1995), Menuhin/Kempff (1970), Oistrakh/Oborin (1962), Perlman/Ashkenazy (1975)


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