I've discovered the secret of using the Henle edition of the Beethoven Sonatas by Max Rostal: somehow the symbols for upbow and downbow were reversed. If you play a downbow wherever an upbow is marked, and vice versa, you'll come out right.
Maybe there's some violinist for whom the fingerings and bowings work. I know that Rostal was a distinguished teacher with many successful students, but still . . .
The Henle edition does have one big advantage: as with all Henle editions, it's very legible. The engraving is clear, in fact, quite beautiful; the notes are well-spaced; and page-turns are convenient. This is in sharp contrast to some of the other editions--the notes are too small in the International/Oistrakh edition and in many of the older editions the plates are so worn out that the notes are barely legible. But the Henle edition sure has some weird fingerings and bowings. You have to go through yourself and mark it up extensively.
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