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Beethoven for 2 Guitars / Schneiderman, Yamaya


Release Date: 07/07/2017 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 17029  
Composer:  Vincenz SchusterLudwig van BeethovenAlexandre HeeserFerdinando Carulli
Performer:  John SchneidermanHideki Yamaya
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

So writes the 28 year-old Beethoven in 1798-1799 in a note to his trusted friend Baron Nikolaus Zmeskall, imploring him to ask their friend Karl Friedrich Amenda to send singer/guitarist acquaintance Gottfried Heinrich Mylich to visit him. Among his earliest friends in newly arrived Vienna, Beethoven had both personal and professional relationships with guitarists including Raimund von Wetzler, Austrian government official and musicologist Raphael Georg Kiesewetter, Countess Maria Wilhelmine von Thun. Besides these affable friendships, Beethoven also pursued love interests with women who had connections to the guitar, including Antonie Brentano, Therese Malfatti, Countess Maria Carolina Anna von Thun, and Regina Hitzelberger-Lang. Despite, Read more or maybe because of Beethoven's acquaintance with casual guitarists, he did not compose for the guitar: perhaps his encroaching hearing loss did not enable him to value guitar performances, perhaps teh instrument was not sonorous enough for his interests, or perhaps he did not cultivate the direct personal associations with professional players necessary to master an unfamiliar medium. His four compositions for mandolin and harpsichord of 1796 are a natural resutl of his experience with string writing prompted by personal patronage. Alongside informal awareness of the guitar, professional virtuoso performers also moved within Beethoven's circle in immediate and indirect contact. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations, Op. 3 (after Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20) by Vincenz Schuster
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Rondo for Violin and Piano in G major, WoO 41 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky": 2nd movement, Andante con moto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1806 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Written: 1798/1800 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Waltzes (4) after Beethoven's Waltzes, Anh. 14 by Alexandre Heeser
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Written: France 
8.
Fantasy on Beethoven's Variations of Paisiello's La molinara, Op. 157 by Ferdinando Carulli
Performer:  John Schneiderman (Guitar), Hideki Yamaya (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: France 

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