Beethoven by Arrangement, Volume One

Catalogue No: TOCC0108
EAN/UPC: 5060113441089
Release Date: 2011-01-17
Composer: Friedrich Hermann, Karl Xaver Kleinheinz, Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Silverthorne
Artists: David Owen Norris, Paul Silverthorne

Although a violist himself, Beethoven left nothing for the viola — except for the fragment of a sonata recorded here for the first time. So his contemporaries and successors have 'helped' him fill the gaps: it was Karl Xaver Kleinheinz (1765-1832) who arranged the String Trio, Op. 8, gaining Beethoven's reluctant approval; and a later musician, Friedrich Hermann (1828-1907), transformed the Septet, Op. 20, into an ambitious viola sonata. And now Paul Silverthorne, Principal Viola of the London Symphony Orchestra, expands the repertoire with his own transcription of the Horn Sonata, Op. 17.

Paul Silverthorne, viola
David Owen Norris, piano

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Viola Sonata in A major: fragment
  2. Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17 (1800)

  3. I. Allegro moderato
  4. II. Poco adagio, quasi Andante
  5. III. Rondo: Allegro molto
  6. Notturno in D major, Op. 42 (1803)

  7. I. Marcia. Allegro
  8. II. Adagio
  9. III. Menuetto. Allegretto
  10. IV. Adagio – Scherzo: Molto Allegro – Adagio – Scherzo – Adagio
  11. V. Allegretto alla Polacca
  12. VI. Tema con Variazioni. Andante quasi Allegretto
  13. VII. Marcia. Allegro
  14. Grand Duo in E flat major (Septet), Op. 20 (1798t9)

  15. I. Adagio – Allegro con brio
  16. II. Adagio cantabile
  17. III. Tempo di Menuetto
  18. IV. Tema con Variazioni. Andante
  19. V. Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
  20. VI. Andante con moto alla Marcia – Presto

2 reviews for Beethoven by Arrangement, Volume One

  1. :

    ‘Silverthorne’s playing on the Amati viola is impassioned and completely in-style. […]

    Lively and touching Beethoven voiced for the piano and viola. Viola players and the world’s curious Beethovenians will need to have this.

    —Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

  2. :

    ‘Silverthorne, […], playing a colorful, extremely beautiful sounding (and naturally recorded) Blümel fortepiano, a Viennese instrument from the 1860s, play extremely well. There are no surprises in their lively interpretations, but they are well attuned to the style and make much of its variety of articulation.’

    —Paul Orge, Fanfare Magazine May/June 2013

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