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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 5 & 8 / Waley-Cohen, Watkins


Release Date: 06/26/2020 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 618  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tamsin Waley-CohenHuw Watkins
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins return with the start of a Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle – here recording the 1st, 5th and 8th sonatas. Gramophone Magazine said “The heart gives a little leap at the prospect of...a duo as engaging and intelligent as Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins.” This cycle is sure to be one of the highlights of Signum’s year, as well as of Beethoven 250. Beethoven’s twelve violin sonatas add up to a comprehensive exploration of the possibilities and potential of writing for the two instruments on equal terms – possibilities that he was ideally placed to understand. The three sonatas on this recording are waypoints on a journey, crafted by a composer who
Read more was both violinist and pianist, and who never ceased exploring the practical possibilities of the instruments for which he wrote.

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REVIEW:

Their complementary personalities meet most harmoniously in the Spring Sonata’s Adagio, where Watkins draws an appealing, fortepiano-like resonance from the piano and Waley-Cohen’s phrasing taps the music’s pastoral roots. Each of the three sonatas inhabits its own costume, made to measure.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 

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