Magazine article Gramophone

Franck's Violin Sonata

Magazine article Gramophone

Franck's Violin Sonata

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The violinists who came before Callum Smart--and how Gramophone rated them

MARCH 1955

Franck Violin Sonata

David Oistrakh vn

Vladimir Jampolskij pf

Columbia [LP] 33CX1201 (12in * 36s 5 1/2 d)

Oistrakh plays the Franck Sonata with loving care, stressing its romantic and poetical aspects. There are many features of his playing which I prefer to Francescatti's, though the latter gives a noble, even majestic interpretation which is not without its merits. It is in sheer subtlety of bowing and fingering that Oistrakh scores; he has more technical resources with which to enhance his expressive powers, and he seems to be intent on getting the work 'across the footlights', as its dedicatee, Eugene Ysaye, would have remarked. Denis Stevens


Franck Violin Sonata

Kyung-Wha Chung vn

Radu Lupu pf

Decca [LP] SXL6944

Kyung-Wha Chung and Radu Lupu do not sound like two internationally famous soloists flung together in a recording studio just for an afternoon. They not only play into each other's hands like a true, long-attuned duo, but also appreciate the very special intimacy of style inherent in chamber music. …

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