David Abel, violin, Julie Steinberg, piano. Performing Beethoven's Sonata in G Major, Op. 96. This composition occupies a special place among Beethoven's creations because it shows a unique quality: there is an Olympian elegance, a profound gentleness that pervades the entire work. Nowhere does Beethoven the earth shaker appear. Even the scherzo movement does not disturb this sustained thoughtfulness. The other piece on this album is Enescu's Sonata No. 3, Op. 25. Dozens of Enescu Conservatories, and annual international Enescu music festivals show the overwhelming esteem in which the great Rumanian composer is held in his native land.
Ethnic styles by such composers as Janacek for Czechoslovakia, Bartok for Hungary, and Enescu for Rumania, placed a strong mark on eastern European music of the 1920s.