A splendid view of Menuhin & Baller in magnificent form!
Curtis Givan | New Hampshire, USA | 11/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While this CD is not for those who must hear only the most modern sound, or are allergic to surface noise, for the rest of us, and particularly for younger listeners, it is something not to be missed. Here we have the great Yehudi in top form joined by Adolph Baller, one of the best chamber music pianists of the twentieth century, in a program consisting of some of the greatest of violin works (Beethoven sonatas, Bach unaccompanied sonatas), Bartok (the Rumanian Dances), and encore pieces -- Brahms-Joachim Hungarian Dance, Kreisler, and Wienawski (Scherzo-Tarantelle). All are played with brilliance and splendid musicanship. The Menuhin-Baller partnership sets a standard. Those who have heard Menuhin only when he was past his prime are in for a real treat. Only the Kreisler pieces disappoint (the opening siciliana of the Tartini Devil's Trill too slow for my taste), but no one has played quite like Kreisler, and this is still a wonderful tribute to the great Austrian (Caprice Viennois) as a composer."