Beethoven : Violin Sonatas
Beethoven : Violin Sonatas Nos. 8 & 10
Jascha Heifetz and Emanuel Bay (1952)
RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1914
Impex Records : LP 180 gram
Limited edition : 2,000 copies
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
For many classical music lovers, Beethoven’s eighth violin sonata lives in the long, fiery shadow of the ninth, better known as the “Kreutzer”. This is easy to understand, as the Kreutzer is a prime example of the stormy side of Beethoven, the one many listeners see as his most exciting and revealing trait. However, just as his eighth symphony is the kinder, gentler companion to his towering, formidable ninth, the eighth violin sonata, shorter and less aggressive than the ninth, shows a more lyrical side of Beethoven.
For this release, RCA coupled the eighth sonata with the tenth, also in G Major. One of the loveliest of Beethoven's compositions for violin, the mood of the tenth sonata is the perfect complement to the eighth.
Recorded on October 16 and 17, 1952 at RCA Victor Studios, New York City.
This Impex LP was remastered by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl at RTI.