Frank Peter Zimmermann – Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Frank Peter Zimmermann – Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:45 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
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Highly regarded as soloists as well as chamber musicians, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Martin Helmchen are also known for an unostentatious and selfless musicianship which never obscures the music they are performing. When they started their collaboration in 2018, it was with the aim of playing and recording Beethoven’s 12 violin sonatas. A series of recitals at prestigious venues and festivals was followed by the first recording sessions, which took place in September 2019. Enjoy the results! Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Making his début with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, in 1985, and with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983under Lorin Maazel, he performs with all major orchestras worldwide, including the Concertgebouworkest, all the London orchestras and the leading orchestras in the United States. He is a regular guest at the major music festivals, including Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne. Martin Helmchen has established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of the younger generation. He performs with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoys collaborations with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Paavo Järvi and Vladimir Jurowski.

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


01. Frank Peter Zimmermann – I. Allegro con brio
02. Frank Peter Zimmermann – II. Tema con variazioni
03. Frank Peter Zimmermann – III. Rondo
04. Frank Peter Zimmermann – I. Allegro vivace
05. Frank Peter Zimmermann – II. Andante, più tosto allegretto
06. Frank Peter Zimmermann – III. Allegro piacevole
07. Frank Peter Zimmermann – I. Allegro con spirito
08. Frank Peter Zimmermann – II. Adagio con molta espressione
09. Frank Peter Zimmermann – III. Rondo
10. Frank Peter Zimmermann – I. Presto
11. Frank Peter Zimmermann – II. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto
12. Frank Peter Zimmermann – III. Allegro molto