Beethoven Explored, Volume 1

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Catalogue No: MSV 72003
EAN/UPC: 5060054460064
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Release Date: April 2003
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The first in the “Life & Times” series which sets Beethoven’s violin sonatas in their social and musical context. On this disc the “context” is provided by Beethoven’s pupil, patron and confidant Archduke Rudolph Esterhazy of Austria in his Variations on a theme of Prince Louis Ferdinand.

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Track Listing

    Ludwig van Beethoven:

  1. I. Violin Sonata in G major, op. 96 – 1 – Allegro moderato (9:52)
  2. II. Violin Sonata in G major, op. 96 – 2 – Adagio espressivo (6:02)
  3. III. Violin Sonata in G major, op. 96 – 3 – Scherzo , Allegro (2:14)
  4. IV. Violin Sonata in G major, op. 96 – 4 – Poco allegretto (8:50)
  5. Rondeau in G major, WoO 41 (5:12)
  6. I. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 1 – Thema (0:41)
  7. II. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 2 – Variation I (0:37)
  8. III. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 3 – Variation II (0:42)
  9. IV. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 4 – Variation III (0:43)
  10. V. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 5 – Variation IV (0:40)
  11. VI. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 6 – Variation V (0:47)
  12. VII. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 7- Variation VI (0:52)
  13. VIII. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 8 – Variation VII (0:42)
  14. IX. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 9 – Variation VIII (0:53)
  15. X. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 10 – Variation IX (0:47)
  16. XI. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 11- Variation X (0:43)
  17. XII. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 12 – Variation XI (0:42)
  18. XIII. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 13 – Variation XII (0:41)
  19. XIV. Twelve Variations in F major after Mozart’s “Se vuol ballare” – 14 – Coda (1:33)
  20. Archduke Rudolf of Austria:

  21. I. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 1 – Thema (1:04)
  22. II. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 2- Variation I (1:07)
  23. III. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 3 – Variation II (1:03)
  24. IV. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 4 – Variation III (1:12)
  25. V. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 5 – Variation IV (1:08)
  26. VI. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 6 – Variation V (0:59)
  27. VII. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 7 – Variation VI (1:04)
  28. VIII. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 8 – Variation VII (1:07)
  29. IX. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 9 – Variation VIII (3:19)
  30. X. Variations in F major for violin and piano – 10 – Finale (6:51)

Reviews

American Record Guide

An interesting program mostly of very rarely heard works. This could be very satisfying for someone seeking something classical but off the beaten path. Skaerved and Shorr … know their way around classical scores better than most big-time soloists, and this is a very satisfying, intelligent interpretation of [the Sonata].

” —Joseph Magil
Midwest Record

This is a splendid start for what appears to be an ongoing project. These first-rate performers clearly love and deeply understand the music, their rapport is impeccable and the insights they provide into Beethoven’s mid-period style are fascinating. The recording quality is admirable.

” —Roy Brewer
Musical Pointers

This is an auspicious Volume 1 to launch Metier’s Beethoven Explored series, and it begins with an ideal performance of Beethoven’s last sonata Op. 96. That is an endearing and unique work which I particularly love and cherish – and in earlier years had often played it at home with violinist friends. Everything here makes me smile with pleasure at its ‘rightness’ – balance, articulation and phrasing, and the tone quality of both instruments. I am tempted to say this is the best recording of Op. 96 I know. No worry or competition though; this series is unique in its purpose and as such is to be unreservedly welcomed. Full informative background notes by the violinist and everything else in the safe hands of David Lefeber.

” —Peter Grahame Woolf
Gramophone

The playing is articulated with beautiful clarity, (enhanced by a notably clean recording); it’s a well-lit musical landscape in which all kinds of harmonic and textural details achieve prominence

” —Duncan Druce