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Violin Concertos - Released June 27, 2015 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Chamber Music - Released November 9, 2018 | SWR Classic Archive

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

In early 2007, both Decca and Brilliant released three disc sets of Beethoven's complete violin sonatas played by Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux and Romanian pianist Clara Haskil. Recorded in 1956 and 1957 and originally released on LP by Philips, these performances have stood the test of time. Grumiaux's effortless virtuosity, elegant phrasing, and impeccable intonation coupled with Haskil's soul and sympathetic if not always note-perfect accompaniment made for one of the most instantly appealing collections of these central repertoire works, and despite its age, anyone looking for a complete set should certainly consider this one. Oddly enough, though, the sound seems to be quite different in both issues. Decca's is big and boomy with a healthy dollop of reverb, while Brilliant's sound is dry and distant with minimal, or at least minimized, reverb. This is particularly odd since Philip's original LP sound was slightly dry but deep with a reasonable amount of reverb. Thus, those interested in Grumiaux and Haskil's Beethoven sonatas are presented with two very different sonic alternatives in these reissues.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1993 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1980 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 12, 2018 | SWR Classic Archive

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Classical - Released January 1, 1975 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released March 2, 2018 | SWR Classic Archive

This record takes us to 1951 and 1956, the glory years of Arthur Grumiaux, born in 1921. At the time he was recording these three Mozart concertos for Radio Stuttgart, two with the Radio Orchestra itself, and the last with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra directed by Karl Münchinger. This recording gives us a glimpse of an extraordinarily "present" musician whose discourse seems almost to be spoken: it’s so natural, and so stripped bare of any pretension. This is pure diamond Mozart, almost raw, imbued with tremendous modernity. The tempos are brisk, without ever disappearing off into any of the neo romanticism which was often evident in the mid-20th century, and which involved the addition of rather perilous glissandos. For sure, the orchestra doesn't play according to what would later be laid down as the principles of "historic truth", any more than Grumiaux plays his violin in the old style. But what lively playings! The 1951 recordings can't hide their age, and the sound, even when very well-mastered, is very clearly of its time, three quarters of a century ago. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Decca Music Group Ltd.