Friday, March 16, 2012

Shumsky, Balsam
"Mozart: Violin Sonatas"

The name Oscar Shumsky doesn't raise quite as many ears the way Oistrakh or Heifetz does now, but in his day he was regarded by the best to be among the best.
An active performer and teacher, it is an oversight of history that his name isn't mentioned alongside the greatest of the 20th century.

The Musical Heritage Society, who produced this box set of all of Mozart's violin sonatas, typically had the aesthetics of today's Naxos label in how they packaged their music. This belied many of the performances captured in their catalog.
Thankfully this set comes in a leather-esque box with gold embossing that makes this an attractive set of records to have on your shelf.

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