Recommendation of Kreutzer Sonata Recordings?

February 8, 2019, 11:22 AM · Hi all,

I'm currently studying the Kreutzer Sonata - Beethoven's Violin sonata #9 - would really like to hear some good interpretations of it. Any recommendations are welcome!

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February 8, 2019, 11:46 AM · Do you have Spotify?

Perlman and Ehnes both have recordings. I prefer the Ehnes recording since it has more balance and neutrality, where Perlman will imprint more of his own personal color to his recording (for this piece specifically, Perlman loves taking his bow off the string, where Ehnes does not).

February 8, 2019, 12:03 PM · I have the Perlman recording so I've listened to it a lot, but my favorite performance is actually the film of Milstein that you can find on YouTube.
February 8, 2019, 12:15 PM · Too many to mention. Collect them all, and choose what you like. Great performances, both old and new(er.)

For "young" and modern, Shoji/Cascioli is excellent.

For older performers, so many great ones: Oistrakh, Milstein, etc.

Don't always look for big names.


February 8, 2019, 3:41 PM · I like Oistrahk’s recording, it’s on YouTube as well.
February 8, 2019, 4:57 PM · I like Kogan / Gilels myself.

I remember liking Anne Sophie Mutter's as well for a contemporary one.

February 8, 2019, 5:05 PM · Szigeti/Bartok.
February 8, 2019, 5:21 PM · Kopatchinskaja! So much fun to watch, too.
February 9, 2019, 7:01 AM · I would just try some by the great violinists. While people may be partial to particular ones, any of them will provide an excellent interpretation.
February 11, 2019, 3:40 AM · +1 for Szigeti and Bartok.

I also like Menuhin & Kentner: an older Yehudi in very fine form!

February 11, 2019, 9:46 PM · Kreisler recorded the whole set. My favorite.
Edited: February 12, 2019, 1:34 AM · My late father, concert pianist Julien Musafia, recorded all 10 sonatas with both Henri Temianka and Israel Baker, back in the '60s. Those were famous names especially in L.A. back then.

I had the tapes (reel-to-reel in those days) digitalized with some sound enhancement to compensate for the age of the tapes themselves. I don't remember what violin Mr. Temianka played, but Iz played the 1731 "Jules Garcin" Strad. I believe Jennifer Koh plays it now.

Anyway, for several reasons, those are my favorites :-)

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