Album: Gidon Kremer/Martha Argerich The Berlin Recital (EMI Classics)

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There are dazzling moments here, such as Kremer's bravura tackling of Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin, where the astringent harmonies, bordering on dissonance, of the opening Tempa di ciaccona give way gradually to the dissipated state of the lyrical Melodia and then the animated Presto.

Schumann's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op 121 is similarly well-handled, the frantic industry of the Ziemlich langsam: Lebhaft and Sehr lebhaft sections suddenly supplanted by the lullaby of Leise, enifach, where Kremer's pizzicato resembles the muted tones of prepared piano.

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