Daishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz - Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas

Daishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz - Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas
Duration:
04:19:32
Release Date:
January 27, 2014
Genre:
Styles:
Chamber Music
Album:
Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas

Violinist Daishin Kashimoto and pianist Konstantin Lifschitz make their debut together on Warner with Ludwig van Beethoven's complete violin sonatas, decidedly an ambitious undertaking. Neither artist has an extensive discography, and this is their first release as a duo, so one can imagine that the pressure of recording these sonatas in the studio must have been considerable, despite their prior experiences of playing them in recital several times. There is no question that Kashimoto has a strong affinity for Beethoven that is apparent in his nuanced phrasing and passionate playing, and that Lifschitz is with him every step of the way as an alert accompanist. Both appear to have agreed to play the notes before them, without recourse to historical styles or trends, so the interpretations are mainstream and unsurprisingly direct. Yet there is a spontaneity in the playing that suggests the sonatas haven't been over-rehearsed or over-thought, and that both musicians are still seeking new ideas and expressions in each performance. The trimline box set contains four CDs in cardboard sleeves, and the sonatas appear in numerical order. Despite being recorded in two separate studios, in Stalden, Switzerland (sonatas 1, 6, 7, and 8) and Berlin, Germany (sonatas 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10), the sound is fairly consistent throughout, with only slight variances of presence and volume levels.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Violin Sonata No. 1 in D, Op. 12/1
1. Allegro con brio / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz9:29
2. Tema con variazioni / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz7:33
3. Rondo: Allegro / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz5:22
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 12/2
1. Allegro vivace / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz6:55
2. Andante, piĆ¹ tosto allegretto / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz6:21
3. Allegro piacevole / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz6:24
Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat, Op. 12/3
1. Allegro con spirito / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz9:04
2. Adagio con molt'espressione / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz8:10
3. Rondo: Allegro molto / Ludwig van BeethovenDaishin Kashimoto / Konstantin Lifschitz4:32