Take another break from Naxos to explore this historic — if rather crackly — recording of Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata performed by Bronislaw Huberman, a violinist renowned as much for his idiosyncratic playing as his anti-Nazi activism. Huberman's rendition of the Kreutzer is full of the tumult and expressivity that earned him both admirers and detractors. The recording also offers Beethoven's violin concerto, which highlights the contrast between concerti and sonatas. In the G major Violin Concerto, Huberman plays as if gazing skyward on a pedestal, while in the Kreutzer, he plays with personality and agitation, as if making direct eye contact with each audience member.
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