Beethoven - Violin Sonatas, Piano Trios | Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold HMG50839899

Beethoven - Violin Sonatas, Piano Trios

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Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold

Cat No: HMG50839899

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 16th June 2014

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Violin Sonatas (HMC901919)
Fortunately, the players don’t seem in the least bit fazed by the accumulated layers of musical history, and they give admirably dramatic performances, with all the urgency and passion Beethoven’s two minor-key violin sonatas demand.” - BBC Music Magazine ***** performance/***** sound (August 2006)

Beethoven’s fiery dramatics sound more audacious than ever…Fantastic playing, and a fascinating release.” - Geoff Brown, The Times (12-18 August 2006)

the performances would be outstanding on any instrument.” - Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magazine (September 2006)

This superb recording is a must for every lover of Beethoven…absolutely stunning playing.” - Richard Lester, Harpsichord & Fortepiano (Spring 2008)

Piano Trios (HMC90901935): Chamber Choice, BBC Music Magazine
"...in the famous Ghost Trio, where the period instruments of Sepec, Queyras and Staier are at their revealing best." - Irish Times (11 January 2008)

"Staier and friends play with elegance and guile, reserving a surprise for the very last bars - illicit, but fun." - Richard Wigmore, Daily Telegraph (19 January 2008)

The first movement of Beethoven’s C minor Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3, with fortepianist Andreas Staier in brilliant form on a copy of a Viennese Graf instrument, and alongside him, reliving the shock-of-the-new in Beethoven’s Op. 1 are violinist Daniel Sepec and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. The Cminor trio is outstanding, the Ghost Trio Op. 70 urgent but less magically ethereal than in other performances…and there’s a witty bonus from Beethoven’s fellow Viennese lion of the keyboard Hummel, for which Staier finds a few percussive extras lurking inside the piano.” - Andrew McGregor, CD Review (26 January 2008)

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