Beethoven’s eighth violin sonata lives in the long, fiery shadow of the “Kreutzer” ninth. The ninth is a prime example of the stormy side of Beethoven—the one many listeners prefer. However, the eighth violin sonata, shorter and less aggressive than the ninth, shows a more lyrical side of Beethoven. For this release, RCA coupled
the eighth sonata with the tenth, also in G Major. One of the loveliest of Beethoven’s compositions for violin, the mood of the tenth sonata is the perfect complement to the eighth. Jascha Heifetz and accompanist Emmanuel Bay show great chemistry, as this long-overdue 180-gram LP reveals.
‘‘With digital [music formats] you can fast-forward and skip it with a mouse and click it off. You’re not reverential toward the music.
With vinyl, there’s an inherent romance to it. When you put the needle down, you feel connected.’’
as told to Entertainment Weekly, 2011