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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4

Frank Peter Zimmermann, Martin Helmchen

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Simply magical. This release, beautifully recorded at the Villa Siemens in Berlin, initiates a complete set of Beethoven’s Violin and Piano Sonatas on BIS Records by two of the most extraordinary chamber musicians. Two musicians, of such sharp and intense refinement, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and pianist Martin Helmchen. It’s surprising to find these two artists on a label that isn't the home of their solo projects; Helmchen records for Alpha, and Zimmermann for Ondine. BIS, which is actually the label of Zimmermann’s brilliant trio, have recovered the Holy Grail, as the two musicians are in perfect musical harmony! Everything seems smooth, supple, the musical dialogue incomparably elegant, balanced and fitting. It was only after a few recitals that the first recording sessions took place in September 2019: the miracles that occur in concert seem to grace the recording sessions. If in doubt, start with the Third Sonata. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Allegro con brio
00:08:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

2
II. Tema con variazioni
00:06:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

3
III. Rondo
00:04:43

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12 No. 2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

4
I. Allegro vivace
00:06:05

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

5
II. Andante, più tosto allegretto
00:04:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

6
III. Allegro piacevole
00:04:55

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12 No. 3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

7
I. Allegro con spirito
00:08:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

8
II. Adagio con molta espressione
00:06:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

9
III. Rondo
00:04:15

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

10
I. Presto
00:07:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

11
II. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto
00:06:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

12
III. Allegro molto
00:05:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Frank Peter Zimmermann, Artist, MainArtist - Martin Helmchen, Artist

(C) 2020 BIS (P) 2020 BIS

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Simply magical. This release, beautifully recorded at the Villa Siemens in Berlin, initiates a complete set of Beethoven’s Violin and Piano Sonatas on BIS Records by two of the most extraordinary chamber musicians. Two musicians, of such sharp and intense refinement, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and pianist Martin Helmchen. It’s surprising to find these two artists on a label that isn't the home of their solo projects; Helmchen records for Alpha, and Zimmermann for Ondine. BIS, which is actually the label of Zimmermann’s brilliant trio, have recovered the Holy Grail, as the two musicians are in perfect musical harmony! Everything seems smooth, supple, the musical dialogue incomparably elegant, balanced and fitting. It was only after a few recitals that the first recording sessions took place in September 2019: the miracles that occur in concert seem to grace the recording sessions. If in doubt, start with the Third Sonata. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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