Beethoven - Fruhlingssonate - Spring Sonata op.24
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Record: VG++ few light scuffs
Laminated Cover Original: VG+ VG++ slightest of ringwear and cornerwear, minor wear to front
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria
Yehudi Menuhin, Violin; Wilhelm Kempff, Piano
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring"
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 1. Allegro 10:32
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 2. Adagio molto espressivo 6:24
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 1:31
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No.5 in F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Rondo for Klavier und Violine G Major WoO 41
Twelve Variations on "Se vuol ballare" from the Opera "Le Nozze Di Figaro" by W.A. Mozart in F major, WoO 40
Allegretto - 12'17
I am very surprised that no one has reviewed this LP as of to date. They require a minimum of three listenings; one focusing exclusively on the piano, another on the violin, and then the third on both in unison as one.
You will be amazed at how much you have missed. Kempff has always been known for his masculine playing of Beethoven and the same goes here but in this case, Menuhin softens and compliments him with his sweet lyricism on the violin. Together they produce a perfect balance and sensitive rendition of these two pieces.
The Sonata #5 (Spring) is a delightful blend of phrasing by both violin and piano runs. It sort of reminds me of Schubert's Trout quintet. It is full of emotion; happiness, solitude, and beauty. From the very beginning, you sense the music is taking you somewhere. And it does; just like spring.
I love how Menuhin and Kempff create a chemistry here that surpasses most renditions I have heard of these two pieces. Neither overpowers the other. They both allow each other to speak but recede when the time is right to let the other step forward. It truly is a perfect marriage. The recordings took place in 1970 on analogue and are clean and pure.
Wilhelm Kempff (Pianist, Composer, Arranger) Biography
Wilhelm Kempff (1895 - 1991) was a German pianist and composer. He studied in Berlin and Potsdam. He toured widely throughout contintental Europe and much of the rest of the world, but did not make his first London appearance until 1951, and did not play in New York until 1964. He gave his last public performance in Paris in 1981 and died in Positano, Italy at the age of 95.
Considered one of the greatest pianists of 20th century, Wilhelm Kempff is celebrated today for his recordings of Schumann, J. Brahms, Schubert, Mozart, J.S. Bach, F. Liszt, Chopin and particularly, of L.v. Beethoven. He recorded over a period of some sixty years. Kempff was among the first to record the complete sonatas of F. Schubert long before these works became popular. He also recorded two celebrated sets of the complete Beethoven sonatas, one in mono and the other in early stereo. He also played chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin and Pierre Fournier among others. Particularly famous are the recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with Y. Menuhin. In 1957 Kempff began to give an annual Beethoven interpretation course in his villa in Positano. Six years after his death, friend and former student John O'Conor took over the course.
A lesser known activity of Wilhelm Kempff was composing. He composed for almost every genre. His second symphony was premiered in 1929 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus by Wilhelm Furtwängler. He also prepared a number of Bach transcriptions, including the Siciliano from the Flute Sonata in E, which has been recorded by the pianist Idil Biret.
Yehudi Menuhin & Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No.5, Spring
Lovely music beautifully played by two outstanding musical giants!
Menuhin and Kempff plays beethoven