Beethoven by Arrangement
Beethoven by Arrangement This disc is entirely of works for viola and piano by Beethoven. Yes, we all know that he wrote nothing for the viola, but that's not enough to stop me. In addition to the well-known Notturno, I have recorded my own arrangement of the Horn Sonata. The main work is a brilliant transcription of the Septet Op 20 made in the 1850s by Friedrich Hermann which I have thoroughly revised and edited.
It turns out however that he did write something for viola, or at least started to. In one of his sketch books was the opening (eight bars only) of a 'Sonata for Pianoforte and Viola' in A major. This is receiving its première recording, all seventeen seconds of it!
The pianist is David Owen Norris and he is playing a Viennese piano from the 1860s. The combination of my Amati from 1620 and this beautiful piano we think makes a very special recording.
In a new twist to the project Toccata Press will be publishing the arrangements of the Horn Sonata and Septet.
The first review is already out:
International Record Review says:
This is a most interesting and valuable CD which should commend itself to all true Beethovenians as well as (naturally) to viola players.
(the Horn Sonata), is extraordinarily successful, an authentic-sounding Sonata perfectly laid out for the viola (the piano part remains the same, of course). It is extremely well played by both Silverthorne and David Owen Norris, and the recorded balance is exemplary... I found it an entirely convincing and natural-sounding work in this arrangement.
The performances throughout are first-class in every respect, as is the recording quality.
Silverthorne¹s own booklet notes are a model of informative lucidity. This is a well-merited addition to the Beethoven discography.
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