Violin Sonata in B-flat Major K. Six Variations in G minor for Violin and Piano on the French song Au bord dune fontaine (Hélas, jai perdu mon amant) K.Violin Sonata in E minor K. Violin Sonata in F Major K. Violin Sonata in E-flat Major K. Violin Sonata in A Major K. Violin Sonata in G Major K. Violin Sonata in C Major K. Violin Sonata in D Major K. All session were held in the warm, intimate acoustics of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Grumiaux's unfailingly beautiful tone and purity of intonation is allied to a supreme sense of architecture and an aristocratic yet graceful bearing.
Even if you have another favorite set, there are so many felicitous touches and moments of insight throughout Grumiaux's cycle that it stands as one of the most majestic and highly individual accounts ever recorded a landmark in these works' discographies. Moreover, he is afforded warm and vivid sound. When there performances were issued on CD as part of Philips Complete Mozart Edition, the critic C.Wrote in the September 1991 issue of The Gramophone. The other four Philips discs are more interesting and Arthur Grumiaux and Walter Klien offer playing with spring in its step and a lyrical yet unsentimental warmth in the slow movements, though that of K296 might with advantage have lingered a little more. Maybe there could be more charm here, but better this than prettified Mozart and, make no mistake, these are stylish artists who are also eloquent in the unusually wistful Andante con moto of K380as are Goldberg and Lupu, for that matter. They're also deft in the vivid first movement of K377 and offer a delicate charm in its minuet-finale, while the fine but tricky late Sonata, K526 is done with panache.
These early 1980s recordings of Grumiaux and Klien (in a Swiss location) have a pleasing warmth, although they sometimes favour the violin. Incidentally, the striking cover design was executed by Top Cover, the photography done by Fernando van Teylingen. Included is a full-size 8-page booklet with extensive notes on the music by Hans Christoph Worbs provided in German, English, and French. CONDITION PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY.The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor. The condition of the box is near-MINT. There is some light scuffing and shelf wear, as well as a few tiny nicks. However, there are no corner breaks, seam splits, bends or owners' markings and the box remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive overall, a very nice collector's copy. The condition of the full-size 8-page booklet is EXCELLENT.
A very minor bend to the lower-right cover page and some wear along the spine. However, it is free of markings, the binding is tight, and the pages remain crisp and bright overall, an excellent collectors copy. The condition of the 5 LPs is NM.
Visually, there are spindle trails and other light marks, though no scratches. In terms of sound, although surfaces are not absolutely silent and thus I have rated it NM- vs.
NM or MINT these are fine copies and playback is superb. All LPs are provided with a new Nagaoka (or Nagaoka-style) inner sleeve. FEEDBACK: I will promptly leave feedback for all buyers. Please let me know before making a return.
Please see my other classical LP and CD auctions, and feel free to write with any questions, I'll be glad to help. The item "Grumaiux/Klien Mozart 15 Great Violin Sonatas Philips 412 141-1 (5LP box set)" is in sale since Saturday, October 13, 2018. This item is in the category "Music\Records". The seller is "redgarnett" and is located in El Cros.
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