Beethoven-Fugues (1794-5)

February 14, 2010

In 1794 Beethoven began studying counterpoint with Albrechtsberger. He wrote three works in the style of his teachers ‘sonatas’-slow movements with fugues. Here are two of them. Beethoven-Adagio  & Fuge Hess 29  E minor Hess 29 (1) (2) PSS and Carolin Ann Widmann-Violins Susie Winkworth-Cello   Beethoven-Praeludium & Fuge Hess 31 C major Kreutzer Quartet Hess […]

Beethoven Explored-Small Miracles

February 14, 2010

In the years exploring Beethoven, some of the most touching discoveries have been from peforming the many canons and fragments that flooded from the composer’s pen from his arrival in Vienna. Here are a few of them: Canon in A Major WoO35 1825   On the 3rd August 1825, Beethoven met the Dutch artist and Music-lover […]

Pilgrim marks

February 14, 2010

Neil Heyde

February 13, 2010

 Neil Heyde is one of the most innovative musicians active today. His work extends from ground breaking research and performance in the work of Debussy, to the most astonishing performances of complex works for cello and electronics by Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey. He is, of course, cellist of the Kreutzer Quartet. Vidmantas Bartulis(born April […]

Remembered Landscape

February 13, 2010

Intermedio

February 13, 2010

FELIKSAS BAJORAS

February 13, 2010

Feliksas Bajoras (B.1934)- Pieces for Violin and Piano (1973) London Premiere-2001 PSS-Violin (Stradivari 1734 ‘Habeneck’) Tamami Honma-Piano I am very grateful to the pianist Tamami Honma for introducing me to the working of Bajoras. This performance was recorded in London, with Tamami, in 2001, a year after my first visit to Vilnius, where I met Bajoras.

François Antoine Habeneck-12 Preludes

February 12, 2010

François Antoine Habeneck-12 Preludes Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Stradivari 1699  Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)  The violinist François Antoine Habeneck was the first great string player to be entirely trained in the Paris Conservatoire.  Following his 1804 premier prix,  he was awarded the direction of les Exercises, the student orchestral concerts, for year. This was tremendously successful, […]

Hummel-Op 5 No 3

February 11, 2010

Hummel-Sonata Op 5 no 3 Andante Cantabile PSS-Violin Aaron Shorr Piano Hummel Concert Performance: 2003 St Johns Smith Square (Beethoven Explored Series) Engineer: Jonathan Haskell www.astoundingsounds.co.uk

Marcin Banasik-Strength

February 11, 2010

Marcin Banasik-Strength I met Marcin Banasik when he was still a student at York University. ‘Strength’ comes from a st of three pieces  called Three Candlesticks. It is written on a visually arresting graphic score, laid out like a maze. There are limited options as to the paths that the player has to choose through […]