Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Nos. 1-4) / Zimmermann, Helmchen

Release Date: 9/4/2020
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2517
Number of Discs: 1

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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. Enjoy the results! Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Making his début with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, in 1985, and with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983under Lorin Maazel, he performs with all major orchestras worldwide, including the Concertgebouworkest, all the London orchestras and the leading orchestras in the United States. He is a regular guest at the major music festivals, including Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne. Martin Helmchen has established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of the younger generation. He performs with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoys collaborations with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Paavo Järvi and Vladimir Jurowski.

 

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How elegantly unforced these works come over today. Zimmermann’s sound is light, flexible, and finely shaded, with Martin Helmchen delivering effortless virtuosity. The opening of the First Sonata brings an unleashing of exuberant energy, while the opening of the Second is the epitome of mercurial high spirits. These recordings are conversations by a perfect instrumental pairing.

 

– BBC Music Magazine


They’re never afraid to express themselves poetically or to linger over an expressive moment. Yet there’s a briskness and momentum about all four performances. These performances wed classical verve to a profoundly Romantic spirit, and I suspect that Beethoven would have rather enjoyed the result.

 

– Gramophone

Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano), Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin), Martin Helmchen (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano), Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano), Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1800 ; Vienna, Austria
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