recent discussion thread caught my eye in which the poster wondered about the "best" performance of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. The Kreutzer (Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47) is noted for its technical difficulty, extreme length, and dramatic requirements. It was ultimately dedicated to violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, composer of not only 19 violin concertos and 40 operas, but also those etudes we all know and love.A
Rather than focusing on the "best," please focus on the performance that appeals most to you. Is it, perhaps, the rendition by violinist Zino Francescatti and pianist Robert Marcel Casadesus? Or how about Yuhudi Menuhin and his sister Hephzibah? Or Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Fazil Say? Szigeti and Bartok? Joshua Bell and Yuja Wang. Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis. And, as one commenter points out, don’t forget Milstein/Pludermacher! Oh, the list goes on and on.
Inspired by the thread, I’ll list some v.com poster choices in the vote, as well as a few of my own. But please select "Other" if you have another favorite and then let us know why this rendition particularly appeals to you in the comments section.
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