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Arthur Grumiaux was the greatest recent representative of the Belgian School of violin playing. In 1950 Dinu Lipatti suggested to Grumiaux that they join forces to record the violin-piano Sonatas of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Lipatti died before the project could be realized. But then Grumiaux met Haskil at Prades, and their decade-long immortal partnership began. The two artists worked together, joined by a mysterious instinctive bond, as if they had known each other for years. Grumiaux, who valued Haskil's friendship highly, wrote of their first recording session after her death: "At our first session we rehearsed for less than an hour and were then ready to record. In our approach to the work we had a complete unity of views and feelings." This is only one of two live concert recordings known to have survived of this fabled partnership.
CD-4860(1) THE GRUMIAUX/HASKIL DUO – LIVE FROM BECANÇON. MOZART: Violin Sonatas: in B-flat, K454 & e, K304; BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonatas: No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 12 No. 3; No. 10 in G, Op. 96. Arthur Grumiaux, violin, with Clara Haskil, piano; recorded at the Becançon Festival (18 September 1957).
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