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Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, "Kreutzer", Op. 47- Beethoven - PACM001

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Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, "Kreutzer", Op. 47- Beethoven - PACM001-CD
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Jacques Thibaud, violin
Alfred Cortot, piano

Recorded 27, 28th May 1929, Salle Chopin & Salle Pleyel, Paris
Issued as 4 HMV 78s, D.B.1328-D.B.1331
Matrix numbers 2-08068 - 2-08075, takes 3, 2, 3, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3
Transfer and Natural Sound remastering by Andrew Rose, February 2007
(Duration 30'22 ")


Perhaps the most popular Violin Sonata of all time gets a fabulous treatment here by two of the most eminent chamber musicians of the twentieth century. Every single note of this superb recording is a joy to hear as the musicians draw you into this sublime work. As Robert Stumpf II said in a review of this performance at Classical Net, "...this is the real thing. The players here are making music, not just playing it."

When I initially revisited this recording and gave it the Pristine Audio Natural Sound treatment I was delighted with the sound quality I achieved - but ultimately decided a completely new restoration might yield even better results. Hence this 2007 restoration and remastering, direct from the original 78s.


Initial reactions to the 2007 Pristine Audio Natural Sound EQ remastering:

"As a string player, who was born on the day Thibaud and Cortot completed that recording of the Kreutzer, I have to say that I never thought such restoration would be possible. Both the violin and the piano sound are perfectly captured, and it is possible to sit back and enjoy the marvellous performance without making the least concession to the date. Astonishing to think that nearly 78 years on we are the first to hear the performance as it must have sounded in May 1929. More power to your arm!" [MH]




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