One of the best recordings I have ever heard
Lyndon Meyer | Fayetteville, AR | 02/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The recording of the Franck on this CD is one of if not the best recording I have ever heard. The level of passion and intensity in the work is greater than that of anything else. I believe this is a live recording from Moscow, and the pure genius of the performers combined with the spontaneity of a live performance means a thrilling listening. I am a pianist, and so I have to love Richter, who does an amazing job as a collaborator on this hardest of piano accompaniments. Oistrakh seems excellent (although I am not a good judge) and their ideas seem to juxtapose very well. Unfortunately the two didn't agree as much on the nature of the work, but this fact is not borne out in this performance. Truly, this CD brings together some of the greatest musical minds of the century in an exilarating performance. Do not miss this one!"
The best Prelude and Violin Sonata ever recorded !
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 12/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The impeccable phrasing , intonation and vibrato of David Oistrakh joins with the dynamic imagination and raptrure of his fellow friend Sviatoslav Richter to produce to my mind the most poignant , haunting and colossal version of this Sonata which sounds far from being romantic in its whole conception . It sounds dramatic and that vision confers it the most vibrant and passionate Frank Sonata for Violin I have heard ever .
and by the way if this performing were not enough for your requirements , please prepare to listen one of the definitive version of this piece .
Sviatoslav Richter gives a towering performance plenty of this solemn and introspective spirit this work demands . So try to get as soon as you can this golden album .
Historical recordings with superlative artists !"