Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 5 & 8


Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins return with the start of a Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle – here recording the 1st, 5th and 8th sonatas. Gramophone Magazine said “The heart gives a little leap at the prospect of…a duo as engaging and intelligent as Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins.” This cycle is sure to be one of the highlights of Signum’s year, as well as of Beethoven 250.

Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas add up to a comprehensive exploration of the possibilities and potential of writing for the two instruments on equal terms – possibilities that he was ideally placed to understand. The three sonatas on this recording are waypoints on a journey, crafted by a composer who was both violinist and pianist, and who never ceased exploring the practical possibilities of the instruments for which he wrote.


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Tamsin Waley-Cohen Violin

Huw Watkins Piano

Release date: 26/06/20

Catalogue number: SIGCD618

Barcode: 635212061824

Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1
1. I. Allegro con brio
2. II. Tema can variazioni. Andante con moto
3. III. Rondo. Allegro

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring”
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Adagio molto espressivo
6. III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
7. IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3
8. I. Allegro assai
9. II. Tempo di minueto, ma molto moderato e
10. III. Allegro vivace

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