Soviet couple take sonata seriously

Soviet couple take sonata seriously

This is a priceless performance of Leclair’s sonata for two violins by husband and wife Leonid Kogan and Elisaveta Gilels.

He is officially the second-best violinist in the Soviet Union, after Oistrakh. She is the sister of pianist Emil Gilels.

Not a smile of a nod passes between them in this 1963 Paris performance.

Those artists regarded music as a matter of life and death.

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