Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Challenge Classics
Size: 1.32 GB
Sonata No. 3 in E flat Major Op. 12, No. 3
01. I. Allegro con spirito
02. II. Adagio con molta espressione
03. III. Rondo: Allegro molto
Sonata No. 8 in G Major Op. 30, No. 3
04. I. Allegro assai
05. II. Tempo di Minuetto ma molto moderato e grazioso
06. III. Allegro vivace
Sonata No. 6 in A Major Op. 30, No. 1
07. I. Allegro
08. II. Adagio molto espressivo
09. III. Allegretto con variazioni
Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30, No. 2
10. I. Allegro con brio
11. II. Adagio cantabile
12. III. Scherzo. Allegro & Trio
13. IV. Finale: Allegro & Presto
The second volume of the ongoing series dedicated to Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin. With this recording, we move from youth to maturity with the entire opus 30, composed in 1801.
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 18012, 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.
Praised for ‘playing of compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and ‘astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness’ (Seen and Heard International), Foyle-Stsura Duo was formed in 2012 and won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015.
Since then, the Duo has performed over 200 recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as for the St. Magnus International Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, New York Chamber Music Festival, Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival in Tallinn and St. Petersburg. Their performances have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, NPO Radio 4 and Estonian Klassikaraadio.
During the 201819 season, the Duo released two CDs, The Great War Centenary: Janacek, Debussy and Respighi Sonatas on Challenge Records and Lutoslawski and Penderecki: Complete Violin and Piano Works on Delphian Records, both to critical acclaim (‘delivered by both artists in sweeping style’ BBC Music Magazine, ‘richly detailed and impassioned performances’ The Daily Telegraph, ‘the duo delivers a dream debut, 10/10’ Luister, ‘an extraordinary release, played phenomenally’ Stretto).