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Sonatas for Piano and Violin Vol. 2

Michael Foyle | Maksim Štšura

Sonatas for Piano and Violin Vol. 2

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917286120
Catnr: CC 72861
Release date: 09 July 2021
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Challenge Classics
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0608917286120
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CC 72861
Release date
09 July 2021

"9/10 Foyle and Štšura's passionate and completely equal interplay sounds as if they wanted to give the best for an imaginary audience."

Luister, 15-10-2021
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About the album

The year 1802 proved to be a year of true challenge for Beethoven, as he finally realised that his decline into deafness was irreversible. However, in this year Beethoven composed some of his most radiant and life-affirming works in that period. Possibly as part of the determination to push the boundaries of his art in pursuit of solace and fulfilment, Beethoven demonstrates a remarkable stylistic shift between the Op. 12 and the Op. 30 Sonatas (written in 1801–2, published in 1803). While the former set was dedicated to Salieri in a nod of appreciation towards his education, the latter was dedicated to Tsar Aleksandr I of Russia, celebrated upon his visits to Vienna in the first part of the 19th Century for his wide-reaching reformist attitude.
Dit is het tweede deel van de reeks met alle piano- en vioolsonates van Beethoven uitgevoerd door de Britse violist Michael Foyle en de Estse pianist Maksim Štšura. Het uitzonderlijk getalenteerde duo wordt in de pers geprezen om hun onbetwistbare persoonlijkheid en integriteit.

Kenmerkend voor zijn sonates zijn de gelijkwaardige partijen die Ludwig van Beethoven schreef voor de viool en de piano. Daarmee brak hij (in navolging van Mozart) met de traditie om de piano slechts een begeleidende rol te geven. Viool en piano zijn gelijkwaardig, met een ongekend spannende krachtmeting tot gevolg. Beethovens vioolsonates zouden cruciaal blijken voor de verdere ontwikkeling van de kamermuziek.

In het jaar 1802 besefte Beethoven dat de achteruitgang van zijn gehoor onomkeerbaar was. De ervaring van het niet kunnen horen van 'een fluit in de verte' of 'een herder die zingt' leidde ertoe dat de componist een wanhopige brief schreef aan zijn twee broers. De brief, bekend als het Heiligenstadt-testament, vernoemd naar het dorpje Heiligenstad bij Wenen, waar Beethoven verbleef nadat hij wegtrok uit de stad, onthulde zijn emotionele strijd. Hij beschrijft daarin de wanhoop over zijn doofheid en het feit dat alleen 'zijn kunst' hem ervan weerhield een einde aan zijn leven te maken. De brief is, waarschijnlijk bewust, nooit verzonden maar later teruggevonden tussen Beethovens papieren.

Ondanks zijn depressies componeerde Beethoven in dat jaar enkele van zijn meest stralende en levenslustige werken. Misschien wel om troost en vervulling te vinden. Hij verlegde zijn muzikale grenzen wat resulteerde in een opmerkelijke stilistische verschuiving te horen tussen de Op. 12 (1797-8) en de Op. 30 Sonatas (1801-1802). Terwijl de eerste set werd opgedragen aan zijn leraar Antonio Salieri in een knipoog naar zijn opleiding, was de laatste opgedragen aan de Russische tsaar Alexander I, tijdens zijn bezoeken aan Wenen in het eerste deel van de 19e eeuw bewierookt om zijn brede hervormingsgezinde houding
Das Jahr 1802 erwies sich als ein Jahr der wahren Herausforderung für Beethoven, da er schließlich erkannte, dass sein Rückschritt in die Taubheit unumkehrbar war. Dennoch komponierte Beethoven in diesem Jahr einige seiner strahlendsten und lebensbejahendsten Werke. Möglicherweise als Teil der Entschlossenheit, die Grenzen seiner Kunst auf der Suche nach Trost und Erfüllung zu erweitern, zeigt Beethoven eine bemerkenswerte stilistische Veränderung zwischen den Sonaten op. 12 und op. 30 (geschrieben 1801-2, veröffentlicht 1803). Während die erstgenannte Sonate Salieri gewidmet war, um seine Bildung zu würdigen, war die zweite dem russischen Zaren Alexander I. gewidmet, bei seinen Besuchen in Wien in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts.

Artist(s)

Maksim Štšura (piano)

Maksim Štšura (piano) won First Prizes at the Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2013), the Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000). He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Kammersymphonie and the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician he is in great demand, collaborating with Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain) and Florin Ensemble (UK) among many others. Maksim studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivari Ilja and on exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, before moving to London to complete his Masters and...
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Maksim Štšura (piano) won First Prizes at the Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2013), the Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000). He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Kammersymphonie and the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician he is in great demand, collaborating with Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain) and Florin Ensemble (UK) among many others.
Maksim studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivari Ilja and on exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, before moving to London to complete his Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Gordon Fergus-Thompson at the Royal College of Music. He has additionally received masterclasses from Dmitri Bashkirov, Stephan Hough, John Lill and Eliso Virsaladze. Alongside his performing career, Maksim is currently completing a Doctoral course at the RCM, where his research is focused on the piano transcriptions of the contemporary orchestral scores. He is also a Trustee of the Mills Williams Foundation.

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Michael Foyle (violin)

Michael Foyle (violin) won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016, giving an acclaimed performance of Szymanowksi’s Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017-18 he returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Polish Baltic Philharmonic with Korngold’s Concerto, and makes his Cadogan Hall debut playing Prokofiev’s Concerto No.1 with English Chamber Orchestra. Other London appearances this season include performances of the Beethoven, Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky concerti. Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2013, before studying at the Vienna Konservatorium with Pavel Vernikov and in London with Maureen Smith and...
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Michael Foyle (violin) won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016, giving an acclaimed performance of Szymanowksi’s Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017-18 he returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Polish Baltic Philharmonic with Korngold’s Concerto, and makes his Cadogan Hall debut playing Prokofiev’s Concerto No.1 with English Chamber Orchestra. Other London appearances this season include performances of the Beethoven, Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky concerti.
Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2013, before studying at the Vienna Konservatorium with Pavel Vernikov and in London with Maureen Smith and Daniel Rowland. Upon graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, he was awarded the Regency Prize for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. He has premiered solo and chamber works by over 25 living composers.
Michael plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan and is represented by Interartists Amsterdam. In addition to his solo and chamber performances this season, he is invited as Guest-Leader of BBC Symphony Orchestra and as Violin Professor at Royal Academy of Music.

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Composer(s)

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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Press

9/10 Foyle and Štšura's passionate and completely equal interplay sounds as if they wanted to give the best for an imaginary audience.
Luister, 15-10-2021

The evident care taken by both players and the attractive variety of tone colours Foyle draws from his 1750 Gagliano make the prospect of the final volume in this series a tempting one.
Gramophone, 01-10-2021

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01.
Sonata No. 3 in E flat Major Op. 12, No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
06:31
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
02.
Sonata No. 3 in E flat Major Op. 12, No. 3: II. Adagio con molta espressione
05:43
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
03.
Sonata No. 3 in E flat Major Op. 12, No. 3: III. Rondo: Allegro molto
04:45
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
04.
Sonata No. 8 in G Major Op. 30, No. 3: I. Allegro assai
04:30
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
05.
Sonata No. 8 in G Major Op. 30, No. 3: II. Tempo di Minuetto ma molto moderato e grazioso
07:08
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
06.
Sonata No. 8 in G Major Op. 30, No. 3: III. Allegro vivace
03:39
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
07.
Sonata No. 6 in A Major Op. 30, No. 1: I. Allegro
06:09
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
08.
Sonata No. 6 in A Major Op. 30, No. 1: II. Adagio molto espressivo
06:40
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
09.
Sonata No. 6 in A Major Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni
08:30
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
10.
Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30, No. 2: I. Allegro con brio
07:59
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
11.
Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30, No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile
07:59
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
12.
Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30, No. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegro & Trio
03:38
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
13.
Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30, No. 2: IV. Finale: Allegro & Presto
05:21
(Ludwig Van Beethoven ) Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
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