One of the Best Sets...
Sébastien Melmoth | Hôtel d'Alsace, PARIS | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
Wolfgang Schneiderhan had a very sweet, singing timber with his violin. He has great control, and his playing is very finely mannered.
The cycle he recorded with Kempff is excellent, now in reprint.
This cycle with Carl Seemann is very good too.
Seemann was Schneiderhan's accompanist on the Brahms violin Sonatas as well."
Great Performances; Decent Recording
R. Schroeder | 04/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This recording contains what are without a doubt my favorite performances of the Beethoven violin sonatas. All of them have a real energy and excitement about them. The Ashkenazy/Perlman recordings, which are the only others in the same class that I have heard, seem a bit dull and dry in comparison.
However, the Ashkenazy/Perlman recordings certainly has better sound quality. The piano is a bit "further back" in this recording than I like, and there are occasional "glitches" in the recorded sound, the most noticable is in the first movement of the "Kreutzer" sonata. These "glitches" sound like they may be tape edits. They are fairly infrequent but can still be a little distracting.
Overall, I would recommend this set unless sound quality is of the utmost importance to you, in which case you will probably be happier w/ the Ashkenazy/Perlman set. If you can tune out the occasional technical flaw, you will find that this is a real treasure of early and middle Beethoven."