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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Beethoven, Czerny & Schubert: Piano Works

Beethoven, Czerny & Schubert: Piano Works


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Czerny:

Variations ‘La Ricordanza'

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958


Jin Ju (piano)

Following her Schumann debut on MDG9471681), Jin Ju displays an even broader spectrum of expression. She is a clear, unpretentious virtuoso. All these works were composed during a twenty year period, adding to the appeal of this CD.

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MDG Gold - MDG9471698

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$14.50

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Beethoven, Lindberg & Bartók: Sonatas

Beethoven, Lindberg & Bartók: Sonatas


Bartók:

Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Lindberg, M:

Sonatas (1979)


Pasi Eerikäinen (viulu) & Emil Holmström (piano)

Sonatas includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók and Magnus Lindberg performed by pianist Pasi Eerikäinen and violin player Emil Holmström - Beethoven’s titanic Violin Sonata No. 9, Op.47, the Kreutzer Sonata, Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s Violin Sonata No. 2, one of the most compelling creations of the composer’s avant-garde period. Sonatas, a world premiere on this recording, is a relatively early work by the Finnish Magnus Lindberg. In this work, the composer’s influence all hail from traditional musical traditions – German, French and Italian – though instead of fixating on Baroque or Classical styles, Lindberg takes inspiration from notable 20th-century composers. Pasi Eerikäinen plays first violin with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Emil Holmström has a particular interest in the avant garde, be it Ferrucio Busoni, the Second Viennese School or electroacoustic music, which Holmström regularly performs as a member of the defunensemble.

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Alba - ABCD379

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$15.00

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Beethoven, Nordheim & Bartok: String Quartets

Beethoven, Nordheim & Bartok: String Quartets


Bartók:

String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85

Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 'Harp'

Nordheim:

String Quartet 1956


With an internationally acclaimed debut CD under their belts in 2008, the Engegård Quartet have brought together possibly two of the main figures in the world of the string quartet and introduced one of Norway’s greatest living composers – Arne Nordheim with his 1956 string quartet. A chamber release to savour.

“The most interesting angle here is the varied instrumental staging and microphone placements...Listening conventionally, it's the Beethoven that makes the strongest impressions, with vivid antiphonal effects...Nordheim's Quartet is a powerful and involving piece and repays more than a single visit.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“This account [of the Bartok] is a notable one, creating a tangible expectancy in the 'Prima parte' then finding a viable balance between clarity and intensity during the 'Seconda parte'...After this [the Nordheim] is the more low-key, but the Engegård finds real identity with its appealingly undemonstrative idiom” International Record Review, January 2011

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2L - 2L71

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Beethoven & Brahms: Trios

Beethoven & Brahms: Trios


Beethoven:

Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 'Gassenhauer', for clarinet, cello & piano

with Clive Greensmith (cello)

Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

with Clive Greensmith (cello)

Weber:

Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet and piano, Op. 48


Jon Manasse (clarinet) & Jon Nakamatsu (piano)

With this disc, Jon Manasse, who joins forces once again with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and ex Tokyo String Quartet cellist Clive Greensmith, completes his survey of Brahms's chamber works. The clarinet takes centre stage in this programme of chamber works ranging from Beethoven's youthful Trio B flat major Op.11 (composed 1797 Vienna) via Weber's dazzling showpiece Grand Duo Op.48 for clarinet & piano to Brahms' autumnal Trio A minor Op. 114 (1891), written for Richard Mühlfeld.

“American clarinettist Jon Manasse and his partners delight in the extroversion of the young Beethoven, bringing an almost giddy enthusiasm to what is one of the composer’s jolliest works. And the virtuosic showmanship of the Weber duo is totally up their street as well.” The Irish Times, 4th December 2014

“This is altogether a most enjoyable disc, beautifully played and recorded, with the three players joining together to make a perfect ensemble.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Manasse brings a soulful, autumnal quality to the second movement, with utterly gorgeous playing…if the couplings appeal, you should find this a rewarding disc, worthy of your attention.” International Record Review, February 2015

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Harmonia Mundi - HMU807618

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Beethoven & Bruch: Violin Concertos

Beethoven & Bruch: Violin Concertos


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26


Classic recordings of the perennially popular violin concertos of Beethoven and Bruch performed by the veteran soloist Salvatore Accardo with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Kurt Masur can now be heard for the first time in their vivid, multi-channel original sound in this new release from PENTATONE.

First released in 1977-78 on the Philips Classics label, Accardo’s rendition of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and his masterly survey of the violin concertos of Bruch were praised by critics for the luminous playing and for Masur’s sensitive and nuanced accompanying.

Although recorded in multi-channel sound, these classic performances in the repertoire have previously been available only in the conventional two-channel stereo format. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE’s engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound. Famous for his heartfelt and searching interpretations of the Romantic repertoire, the German conductor Kurt Masur, who died in December 2015, was one of the most critically acclaimed and admired conductors of the late 20th century. He recorded extensively for Philips while Kapellmeister at the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and his account of the Bruch symphonies and the violin concertos with Accardo as soloist were instantly popular with the critics. For Accardo, the Philips sessions also marked the start of his recordings of the mainstream repertoire, previously having dazzled audiences with his landmark recordings of the Paganini violin concertos.

For their programme, it comes as a surprise to learn that Beethoven’s lyrical and serene Violin Concerto op. 61 was rather indifferently received in his lifetime. The same however could not be said of Bruch’s arresting Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 26 whose popularity the composer would later live to regret as it overshadowed his other works. Nevertheless both concertos are firmly established as favourites with audiences and players alike. And these inspired performances, here in glorious, multi-channel sound, will no doubt win over a new generation of discerning audiophiles.

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Pentatone Remastered Classics - PTC5186237

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Beethoven & Bruch - Violin Concertos

Beethoven & Bruch - Violin Concertos


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Philharmonia Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg


Remastered Quadro Recording (RQR)

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Pentatone RQR - PTC5186120

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Beethoven & Mendelssohn - String Quartets in A minor

Beethoven & Mendelssohn - String Quartets in A minor


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Mendelssohn:

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13


Beethoven Quartet

As the name of this label would suggest, this CD presents the Beethoven and Mendelssohn A minor String Quartets in 2+2+2 surround sound on SACD with a DVD Video.

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Audiomax - AUD9461573

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Beethoven & Schumann: String Quartets

Beethoven & Schumann: String Quartets


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Schumann:

String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 41 No. 2

First Version


BeethovenQuartett

This quartet was originally the Sonare Quartet, which performed many twentieth century works. There has been another Beethoven Quartet, made up of musicians from the Moscow Philharmonic and Shostakovich created his quartets for that ensemble. The new BeethovenQuartett was formed in 2006, the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth and concentrates on great works of the past.

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Audiomax - AUD9461623

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)


Esther Nyffenegger (cello), Gerard Wyss (piano)

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Divox - CDX25212/13

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$17.75

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations


Pieter Wispelwey (cello) & Dejan Lazic (piano)

“Above all these accounts, outstandingly recorded, communicate a level of vitality and spontaneity that is normally experienced in live concerts. From the very first bar of the F major Sonata one feels that Wispelwey and Lazić are re-examining each familiar phrase and finding new and infinitely varied ways of responding to Beethoven's musical argument.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2005 *****

“highly distinctive performances, played with enormous flair and perfect technical control, and splendidly recorded” Gramophone Magazine

“The articulation and attack, the use of vibrato and the shaping of phrases all combine to make this a richly rewarding experience.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2005

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Channel - CCSSA22605

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$20.50

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