BBC Music Magazine - - Reviews - Re­viewed by Martin Cot­ton

Beethoven Sonatas for Cello & Pi­ano

Erato 9029553487 (1959) 112:26 mins

The sound is re­stricted for modern ears, but János Starker and his reg­u­lar pi­anist György Se­bök play as one, and bring flow, depth and tonal va­ri­ety to these mas­ter­pieces. ★★★★

Borodin String Quar­tets Nos 1 & 2

Alto ALC 1298 (1964) 65:51 mins

With com­plete ho­mo­gene­ity of en­sem­ble, the Borodin Quar­tet bring out the in­nate Rus­sian flavour of the mu­sic, and the fa­mous Noc­turne is all the more con­vinc­ing in its un­sen­ti­men­tal ap­proach. ★★★★

David Ois­trakh En­cores for Vi­o­lin

Works by De­bussy, Suk, Tchaikovsk­y et al

Alto ALC 1357 (1954-72) 75:10 mins

Taken from a va­ri­ety of sources, some of the older tracks sound less well, but can’t dis­guise

David Ois­trakh’s mas­tery of the long melodic line, im­pec­ca­ble in­to­na­tion and rhyth­mic sub­tlety. ★★★★

Hen­ryk Sz­eryng in Recital – Vi­o­lin En­cores Works by Vi­tali, Tar­tini, Gluck et al

Biddulph Record­ings LAW 022 (1959-62) 69:18 mins Full tone, even at the qui­etest dy­namic, match­less vir­tu­os­ity in Wieni­awski, charm in Kreisler, and to hell with au­then­tic­ity in Tar­tini’s Devil’s Trill: this is Hen­ryk Sz­eryng at his most cap­ti­vat­ing. ★★★★★

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