I have been exploring some interesting works lately, among them some excellent violin sonatas. Surprisingly, there are a few works that I never had a chance to listen to and was surprised by them. Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano are sublime works, and a great recording is by Jennifer Koh [violin] and Reiko Uchida [piano] on Cedille Records. Schumann has a way with melody and the interplay with between the two instruments definitely makes this more than a violin…
George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, Schumann Symphony No. 4, circa 1947. Details and links: http://archive.org/details/SchumannSymphonyNo.4
What can you get for around 20 Bucks? Well, you can build a great classical collection for that much a month if you know where to look. On occassion I will have a list of downloadable recordings to help you explore the world of classical music, featuring some essential collections and a few bargains. While I am partial to CDs, since you get better sound and liner notes, you can get a better deal most of the time with downloadable MP3s….
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor – Serkin – Ormandy / Philadelphia Orch.