Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas Bella Hristova & Michael Houstoun
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Violin Sonata No. 1 in D, Op. 12 No. 1:
- 1Violin Sonata No. 1 in D, Op. 12 No. 1: I. Allegro con brio09:17
- 2Violin Sonata No. 1 in D, Op. 12 No. 1: II. Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto)07:25
- 3Violin Sonata No. 1 in D, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Rondo (Allegro)04:58
- Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2:
- 4Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2: I. Allegro vivace06:46
- 5Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2: II. Andante, più tosto allegretto05:16
- 6Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2: III. Allegro piacevole05:03
- Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 3:
- 7Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito08:39
- 8Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 3: II. Adagio con molt'espressione06:33
- 9Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 3: III. Rondo (Allegro molto)04:11
- Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23:
- 10Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23: I. Presto07:17
- 11Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23: II. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto07:58
- 12Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro molto05:24
- Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring':
- 13Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring': I. Allegro10:13
- 14Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring': II. Adagio molto espressivo05:49
- 15Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring': III. Scherzo (Allegro molto)01:13
- 16Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring': IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)06:37
- Violin Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 30 No. 1:
- 17Violin Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 30 No. 1: I. Allegro07:53
- 18Violin Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 30 No. 1: II. Adagio molto espressivo07:00
- 19Violin Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 30 No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni08:01
- Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2:
- 20Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2: I. Allegro con brio08:00
- 21Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile09:42
- 22Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2: III. Scherzo (Allegro)03:32
- 23Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2: IV. Finale (Allegro)05:23
- Violin Sonata No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3:
- 24Violin Sonata No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3: I. Allegro assai06:43
- 25Violin Sonata No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3: II. Tempo di menuetto08:42
- 26Violin Sonata No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3: III. Allegro vivace03:31
- Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47 'Kreutzer':
- 27Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47 'Kreutzer': I. Adagio sostenuto (Presto)14:35
- 28Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47 'Kreutzer': II. Andante con variazioni16:49
- 29Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47 'Kreutzer': III. Finale (Presto)08:51
- Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96:
- 30Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96: I. Allegro moderato11:44
- 31Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96: II. Adagio espressivo06:12
- 32Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96: III. Scherzo (Allegro)02:03
- 33Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96: IV. Poco allegretto08:41
Info for Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas
A 4-album set of beautifully presented recordings of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, performed to the very highest standards by violinist Bella Hristova and pianist Michael Houstoun.
Beethoven’s ten Sonatas for Violin and Piano present a formidable, unique challenge to violinists and pianists. The variety and technical demands of Beethoven’s sonatas require musicians of exceptional ability and energy.
Michael Houstoun and Bella Hristova fit the requirements exactly. After winning the 2007 International Michael Hill Violin Competition, Bella Hristova has built a reputation as a musician of poise and power. Michael Houstoun’s recent performances of Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas met with huge acclaim for fluency.
"Every sound she draws is superb" (The Strad, UK)
Bella Hristova, violin
Michael Houstoun, piano
Engineer by Steve Garden with assistance from John Kim
Recorded at the Symphonia Theatre, Auckland, Sept 2017
Produced by Kenneth Young
Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a musician with a growing international career. She recently appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee and Kansas City symphonies and toured New Zealand, performing Beethoven’s ten sonatas with acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun. This season she performs Vivaldi with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Sibelius with the Hawaii and Wheeling symphonies and the Brevard Philharmonic, Barber with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mendelssohn with the Winnipeg Symphony. She has performed at major venues and worked with conductors including Pinchas Zukerman, Jaime Laredo, Rossen Milanov, and Michael Stern. A sought-after chamber musician, she performs at festivals including Australia’s Musica Viva, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Her recording, Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records), features works for solo violin by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein, and J. S. Bach. She is recipient of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, first prizes in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and a laureate of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom, and received her artist diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. An alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.
In 1973 at the age of twenty he entered and placed third in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This led to a year of study with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1975 he placed fourth in the Leeds International Piano Competition and then in 1982 sixth in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.
After living overseas for six years - including a valuable period of study with Brigitte Wild in London - he returned home in 1981 where he has enjoyed his life as something of an 'Artist in ResideNZ', performing recitals, concertos and chamber music all over the country year in year out. Most years he performs one or two new programs and consequently has built a very large repertoire spanning from J S Bach to the present day. Included are many compositions by NZ composers and quite a few commissions.
Houstoun has twice presented the complete Beethoven sonatas in seven-concert cycles. More recently he has performed the 48 Preludes and Fugues of Bach's 'Well-tempered Klavier' in two-concert events. Since 1999 he has recorded for Rattle with five of his albums winning Classical Record of the Year awards.
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