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Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard - Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)

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Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard - Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 791 Mb | Total time: 153:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 438 323-2 | Recorded: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967

The Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux made his debut in 1940 and established himself after the war as a consistently fine player with a wide repertory whose recordings show not only his mastery of the instrument but also unfailingly good taste—and lest anyone thinks that last phrase implies a lack of personality, we should remember that it was one which Haydn chose to praise Mozart. These performances of the five standard violin concertos, the Sinfonia concertante and a couple of other pieces were admired when they came out on LP, and still earn praise for their crispness, lightness and eloquence.

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2001)

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Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2001)

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Mozart: The Violin Concertos (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 696 Mb | Total time: 153:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 464 722-2 | Recorded: 1956, 2961, 1962, 1964

At the ripe old age of 19 Mozart wrote five violin concertos, and they represent his coming of age as a composer of orchestral music. From here on, it's basically one masterpiece after another. Though not difficult works, technically speaking, they partake in full measure of Mozart's uniquely sensual brand of melody. That means that successful performances must know how to spin out a singing musical line, while at the same time making the most of the rare opportunities for soloistic display. Taste and musicianship are more important qualities than virtuosity, and that makes these pieces ideal vehicles for Arthur Grumiaux's aristocratic temperament and technical polish.

Arthur Grumiaux - Fauré, Franck: Violin Sonatas (1990)

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Arthur Grumiaux - Fauré, Franck: Violin Sonatas (1990)

Arthur Grumiaux - Fauré, Franck: Violin Sonatas (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:44 | 356 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 426384

Faure-lovers have long prayed for reissue of the two sonatas from Grumiaux and Paul Crossley. And they won't be disappointed. The sound itself is pleasing. And there is a radiance in the playing suggesting an unerring understanding of structure and style that somehow goes hand in hand with the joyous spontaneity of new discovery. The hyper-sensitive suppleness of Grumiaux's shading and phrasing is a particular delight, as is his awareness that just as much of the musical message comes from the piano particularly in the Second Sonata.

Arthur Grumiaux - Berg, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (1990)

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Arthur Grumiaux - Berg, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (1990)

Arthur Grumiaux - Berg, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 44:51 | 238 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 422 136-2

Grumiaux' version remains to this day one of the best available. He and Markevitch conducting the Amsterdam Concertgebouw have a total mastery of the idiom, and the Concerto's sections unfold naturally and organically: it doesn't sound like "modern" music, but as a language entirely congenial to the performers. Tempos are middle-of-the road, close to the metronome marks, and nothing more is required to bring out the composition's searing lyricism. Grumiaux has a luminous tone, the perfect mix of radiant lyricism and despaired vehemence. Markevitch, the Concertgebouw Orchestra (glorious brass!) and the sonic engineers bring out a wealth of orchestral details from Berg's subtle and delicately intertwined textures, maybe not as much as the best modern versions

Quartetto Italiano, Arthur Grumiaux, Maurice Gendron - Debussy: Chamber Music (1994)

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Quartetto Italiano, Arthur Grumiaux, Maurice Gendron - Debussy: Chamber Music (1994)

Quartetto Italiano, Arthur Grumiaux, Maurice Gendron - Debussy: Chamber Music (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:23 | 354 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 442 655-2

Grumiaux’s elevated intellectual profile is put to exalted use in the Debussy Sonata. He has a quicksilver response to the music’s twists and turns and an alertness to the necessary momentum in the first movement. He is thus forward moving but flexible with a fast vibrato and multi variegated tonal response at once apposite and unostentatious. Listen at 2.15 to about as extravagant a portamento as he ever made on disc. If you want to hear fluent and incisive duo playing listen to Grumiaux and Hajdu in the Intermède where understanding of motivic details and larger structure reigns supreme.

Arthur Grumiaux - Bach: Violin Sonatas 1014-1023 (1990)

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Arthur Grumiaux - Bach: Violin Sonatas 1014-1023 (1990)

Arthur Grumiaux - Bach: Violin Sonatas 1014-1023 (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:09:11 | 904 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 426 452-2

As in his set of Bach's unaccompanied violin music, Arthur Grumiaux plays this music with effortless mastery and a fine sense of Baroque style. You can count on this great musician to avoid letting any mannerisms or inappropriate romanticism intrude on the music, leaving you with pure Bach played with great refinement. The programming here is comprehensive, including alternate movements and a questionable work or two. Christiane Jaccottet makes her presence felt as an equal , and the recording still sounds excellent. It's hard to find better performances at any price, so as a "twofer" this is a great bargain.

Arthur Grumiaux - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos [1st press] (1987)

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Arthur Grumiaux - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos [1st press] (1987)

Arthur Grumiaux - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:25 | 358 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 420 700-2

As many readers know, although Bach composed a number of violin concertos (and for other melody instruments), mostly during his years in Coethen (approximately 1717-1723), with respect to violin concertos, only the three represented here remain in their original form (Violin Concerto in A minor, BMV 1041; Violin Concerto in E major, BMV 1042; and the Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BMV 1043). (The concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord in A minor, BMV 1044, not included here, also remains in its original form).