Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1 Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1:
- 1Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1: I. Allegro con brio08:50
- 2Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1: II. Tema con Variazioni. Andante con moto06:50
- 3Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1: III. Rondo. Allegro04:39
- Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3:
- 4Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3: I. Allegro con spirito08:07
- 5Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3: II. Adagio con molta espressione05:32
- 6Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3: III. Rondo. Allegro molto04:01
- Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30/1:
- 7Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30/1: I. Allegro07:18
- 8Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30/1: II. Adagio molto espressivo06:34
- 9Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30/1: III. Allegretto con Variazioni07:30
- Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30/3:
- 10Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30/3: I. Allegro assai06:13
- 11Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30/3: II. Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso06:35
- 12Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30/3: III. Allegro vivace03:24
Info for Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1
Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver are approaching the culmination of a complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle where each concert is both broadcast live by the BBC on Radio 3, and recorded by Andrew Keener and Phil Rowlands for Rubicon. Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas represent the supreme challenge for a violin and piano duo, and the drama, visceral excitement and many intimate moments of these masterpieces is superbly captured in these live performances.
Chloë and Danny’s traversal of the ten sonatas concludes on 17 October, with Nos 9 ‘Kreutzer’ and 10, and both the BBC and Rubicon will be there to capture the moment. The Rubicon series will comprise three volumes to be released over the next year.
Chloë Hanslip has established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage, performing in many of the world’s great venues with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, under conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Michail Jurowski and Jeffrey Tate. She has recorded for Warner Classics and Hyperion and won an ECHO Klassik Award for Best Newcomer in 2003, and a Classical Brit in 2003 for best Young British Classical Performer. Her wide- ranging repertoire includes concertos by Schoeck, Adams, Brett Dean and Vieuxtemps, and sonatas by Bowen and Medtner.
The international acclaim that Danny Driver’s recordings and performances have generated over recent years has cemented his reputation as one of Britain’s most respected and versatile pianists. He has earned three Gramophone Award nominations, a National Public Radio Top 10 Award and Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014 Award for his recording of Handel’s Eight Great Suites.
Recitals feature prominently in his career: he has appeared regularly at the Wigmore Hall and in venues across Europe, Asia and North America, playing repertoire from Bach to Adès. His 2016-17 schedule included the Southbank’s International Piano Series, Music Toronto, the Salle Bourgie (Montreal), the Musée de l’Orangerie (Paris), and performances of Ligeti’s Piano Études across the USA and Japan. He returns to the Wigmore for a solo recital next March, broadcast on Radio 3.
As a chamber musician, Danny has appeared at the Australian Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival and Stockholm’s Festival O/Modernt. He collaborates regularly with violinist Chloë Hanslip, including this their complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas (performed at Turner Sims Hall), and Wigmore Hall concerts together in coming seasons.
He has played concertos with orchestras all over the world including the OAE, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearances at the BBC Proms, most recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. This season his RPO relationship continues with performances of Beethoven’s Concerto no.4.
Danny’s relationship with Hyperion Records has spawned an acclaimed discography of works by CPE Bach, Handel, Schumann, Balakirev and neglected British composers including York Bowen and Erik Chisholm. A second contribution to Hyperion’s epic Romantic Piano Concerto Series, featuring works by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell and Cécile Chaminade with the BBCSSO, was released in March 2017.
Chloë Hanslip, violin
Danny Driver, piano
(b. 1987) has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2002 and her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre.
Her performances have included the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Mozart Players, Lahti Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Norwegian Radio, Real Filharmonia Galicia, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchester, Hamburg Symfoniker, Czech National Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Helsingborg Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Further afield her engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonina and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Michail Jurowski and Jeffrey Tate.
Chloë records for Hyperion and her first release on the label featured Violin Concertos by Vieuxtemps (Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra/Brabbins). Her CD of York Bowen Sonatas with Danny Driver received recommendations from Gramophone (Choice) and The Strad and her other Hyperion recordings include Glazunov/Schoeck Concertos and Medtner Violin Sonatas. Other notable recordings included Bruch Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics) winning her the Echo Klassik Award for 'Best Newcomer' (2002) and 'Young British Classical Performer' at the Classical BRITS (2003), and a highly acclaimed recording of John Adams Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Slatkin.
Hanslip's wide-ranging repertoire spans Concertos by Britten, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Korngold, Barber, Bernstein, Delius, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Walton and Sibelius as well as contemporary works by Adams, Glass, Corigliano, Nyman, Huw Watkins, Peter Maxwell Davies and Brett Dean. A committed chamber musician, she is a regular participant in Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove and at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. Her recital partners include Angela Hewitt, Danny Driver, Igor Tchetuev and Charles Owen.
Highlights of the 2014-15 season include recitals in London (Wigmore Hall) and Tokyo, and concerto performances with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Bern Symphony, Bremen Philharmonic, Duisburg Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in the USA with Phoenix and Alabama Symphony Orchestras.
Chloë studied for ten years with the Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron. She has also worked with Christian Tetzlaff, Robert Masters, Ida Haendel, Salvatore Accardo, and Gerhard Schulz.
She plays a Guarneri del Gesu 1737.
The international critical acclaim that Danny Driver’s recordings and performances have generated over recent years has cemented his reputation as one of Britain’s most respected and versatile pianists. Described variously as ‘bold, exuberant and precise’ [The Guardian] and of ‘impeccable technique and musicianship’ [Gramophone], he has earned two Gramophone Award nominations, a National Public Radio Top 10 Award and, most recently, Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014 Award for his recording of Handel’s Eight Great Suites.
Danny Driver’s recent concerto appearances have included the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, and Hong Kong Pro Arte. He has appeared twice at the BBC Proms, most recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. Other distinguished conductors with whom Driver has performed include Andrew Litton, Richard Farnes, Martyn Brabbins, Rebecca Miller, Rory Macdonald, Christopher Warren-Green, James Macmillan, and Bramwell Tovey; during 2016-17 he will perform together with Alexander Shelley and Mario Venzago.
Recitals feature prominently in Danny Driver’s schedule of engagements; he has appeared regularly at Wigmore Hall, most recently in a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast recital (Handel, Adès, Beethoven, C P E Bach, Schumann), in Germany, Italy, Israel, Sweden, the USA, China, and at many major venues in the UK. Highlights of Driver’s 2016-17 schedule will include début performances at the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series (London), Music Toronto, the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.
As a chamber musician Danny Driver has appeared at the Australian Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Birdfoot Music Festival, Eilat Chamber Music Festival, Cayman Arts Festival, and Stockholm’s Festival O/Modernt. He collaborates regularly with violinist Chloë Hanslip, with whom he will perform extensively in Ireland, the UK, and Italy during April/May 2016, and with baritone Christian Immler, with whom he has given broadcast recitals for Deutschland Radio and Radio France. Driver’s long-standing partnership with ‘cellist Oliver Coates recently included performance of Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field at King’s Place and Adès’ Lieux Retrouvés.
Driver’s fruitful relationship with London-based Hyperion Records has spawned a thoroughly acclaimed discography of works by C P E Bach, Handel, Schumann, and Balakirev, and also highly praised interpretations of neglected British composers such York Bowen, Benjamin Dale and Erik Chisholm, all of whom he has championed in concert as well as on record. A second contribution to Hyperion’s epic Romantic Piano Concerto Series, featuring works by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell and Cécile Chaminade, is due for release in October 2016.
Danny Driver trained with Alexander Kelly and Piers Lane whilst studying at Cambridge University, with Irina Zaritskaya at the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his studies privately with Maria Curcio. As a student he won numerous awards including the Royal Over-Seas League Keyboard Competition and the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year.