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Beethoven - Violin Sonatas, Vol.1

Catalogue numberBIS-2517 SACD
Release date2020-09-01
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz
Total time73:12

Highly regarded as soloists as well as chamber musicians, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Martin Helmchen are also known for an unostentatious and selfless musicianship which never obscures the music they are performing. When they started their collaboration in 2018, it was with the aim of playing and recording Beethoven's 12 violin sonatas. A series of recitals at prestigious venues and festivals was followed by the first recording sessions, which took place in September 2019, with results that can be heard on this disc. Towards the end of the 18th century, the violin sonata had become one of the most important forms of chamber music in Viennese Classicism. Admittedly, Haydn did not make a single contribution to the genre, but Mozart composed no less than 36 violin sonatas, including the early childhood pieces.

Beethoven's first pieces for violin and piano were also early, but by the time he composed his first three sonatas he was well on his way to maturity. In formal terms the Opus 12 sonatas are perhaps rooted in Mozartian ground, but they go far beyond that role model with their numerous moments of melodic and harmonic surprise, and especially the technical demands they make on the keyboard player. Published in 1798, the three sonatas quickly became very popular. Composed only a couple of years later, the A minor sonata, Op. 23, was of a more melancholic and uneasy character and never reached the same popularity as the Op. 12 set – or the sonata that followed: the famous 'Spring' Sonata included on the next instalment of this 3-disc series.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1 19:00
01 I. Allegro con brio 08:12 $ 1.97 USD
02 II. Tema con variazioni. Andante con moto 06:13 $ 1.49 USD
03 III. Rondo. Allegro 04:35 $ 1.13 USD
  Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12 No. 2 15:07
04 I. Allegro vivace 06:02 $ 1.46 USD
05 II. Andante, più tosto allegretto 04:19 $ 1.04 USD
06 III. Allegro piacevole 04:46 $ 1.18 USD
  Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 No. 3 18:23
07 I. Allegro con spirito 08:16 $ 1.99 USD
08 II. Adagio con molta espressione 05:59 $ 1.44 USD
09 III. Rondo. Allegro molto 04:08 $ 1.02 USD
  Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 19:22
10 I. Presto 07:13 $ 1.76 USD
11 II. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto 06:56 $ 1.68 USD
12 III. Allegro molto 05:13 $ 1.38 USD
  Album total 73:12
ViolinZimmermann, Frank Peter
PianoHelmchen, Martin
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van

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