Elizabeth Sombart

Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212061428
Catnr: SIGCD 614
Release date: 06 March 2020
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Signum Classics
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0635212061428
Catalogue number
SIGCD 614
Release date
06 March 2020
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About the album

Beethoven is one of the single most influential figure in the history of Western music. Starting out with Mozart and Haydn as his spiritual mentors; he wrestled off the shackles of 18th century Classicism, forging uncompromising musical landscapes with a visionary intensity that left most musicians quivering in his wake. For centuries, music had lagged behind the other arts, but with Beethoven’s iron-clad will, it found itself at the cutting edge of social change.

Artist(s)

Elizabeth Sombart (piano)

Born in Strasbourg, Elizabeth Sombart studied the piano from the age of seven. She entered the Strasbourg Conservatoire, and after gaining the National Piano and Chamber Music first prize, she left France for Buenos Aires to develop her art further with Bruno-Leonardo Gelber. She then continued her training with great masters such as Peter Feuchtwanger in London, with Hilde Langer-Rühl in Vienna and finally Sergiu Celibidache at the University of Mayence. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Sombart has sought to share classical music with the widest possible audiences and with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 1998, she created the Fondation Résonnance, bringing classical music to outreach venues. ( hospitals, orphanages, prisons). A further aim of the Fondation Résonnance has been to establish piano...
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Born in Strasbourg, Elizabeth Sombart studied the piano from the age of seven. She entered the Strasbourg Conservatoire, and after gaining the National Piano and Chamber Music first prize, she left France for Buenos Aires to develop her art further with Bruno-Leonardo Gelber. She then continued her training with great masters such as Peter Feuchtwanger in London, with Hilde Langer-Rühl in Vienna and finally Sergiu Celibidache at the University of Mayence.
Throughout her life, Elizabeth Sombart has sought to share classical music with the widest possible audiences and with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 1998, she created the Fondation Résonnance, bringing classical music to outreach venues. ( hospitals, orphanages, prisons).
A further aim of the Fondation Résonnance has been to establish piano schools open to all without any restrictions on age, based upon the principles of free teaching, with no exams or competitions.
Elizabeth Sombart has recorded an important discography and videography. In past few years she produced two recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Pierre Vallet. Previously, she recorded J.S. Bach "L’Art de la Fugue" played with Jean-Christophe Geiser in a piano and organ duo, and a recent recording of all Chopin’s Nocturnes.
Confidences pour piano de Bach à Bártok, a series of 50 programmes was produced by Peter Knapp and broadcast on France 3 TV and also recorded and released by BMG.
Elizabeth Sombart received the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2006 for her lifetime achievement, and in 2008 was awarded the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her artistic career.

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Pierre Vallet (conductor)

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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