BEETHOVEN Complete Violin Sonatas
Augustin Dumay violin, Maria João Pires piano
For the past half century, Deutsche Grammophon has released roughly one cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas per decade. […] all are markedly surpassed by the extraordinary standard set by violinist Augustin Dumay and pianist Maria Joao Pires in this new set. […] the reference edition of Beethoven’s violin sonatas for years to come.
Stereophile (New York), Jed Distler
Dumay is an absolute Master of using changes in tone color as an expressive device […][He] plays some of the most gorgeous violin diminuendos you will ever hear. […] Grab it while it’s still in print.
Fanfare (Tenafly, NJ), Richard A. Kaplan
This is really splendid! […] this new set of Beethoven’s complete works belongs among the very best available. […] In fact, this is certainly one of the better-equalized duos to record these works, superior in this particular respect to Argerich/Kremer, Oistrakh/Oborin, or even Perlman/Ashkenazy. […] Make no mistake, this is chamber music playing of the first order, and a major contribution to the Beethoven discography – a set to be savored and enjoyed many times over.
ClassicsToday.com, David Hurwitz
This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Augustin Dumay and [Maria João Pires] offer powerful and refreshingly direct interpretation. What makes the recording all the more captivating is their fearlessness and commitment to the service of the music
The Strad, Heather Kurzbauer