Let’s talk truly retro instruments for a moment: a violin owned and played by Beethoven himself is featured in a new recording by violinist Daniel Sepec. (The pianoforte is vintage, too; an 1824 model played by Andreas Staier.)
Beethoven’s violin used for first time in recording [CBC Arts, Canada]
Beethoven, Sonaten fÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼r Klavier und Violine op. 23 und op. 30 Nr. 2 [CD page, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn]
At the turn of the 19th century, Prince Lichnowski made Beethoven a handsome gift: a set of four string quartet instruments, which the 30-year old composer marked with a seal and large carved ‘B’. One of them was a violin made in Salzburg around 1700. Rediscovered and authenticated in 1995 by the experts of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, this unexpected legacy is here presented for the first time in a wholly appropriate recording project: Sonatas nos. 4 and 7, the very embodiment of Beethovenian ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©lan terrible, are performed by two outstanding artists.
The album is out on Harmonia Mundi, but it doesn’t appear to have come Stateside yet; anyone know how to import? (Or I can just wait; I expect it’ll be here soon.) European readers, you can order from the link above.
How is this digital music? It’s on a CD, silly. Now excuse me, I’m off to etch a “K” in my Novation ‘board. Just for me, you know — sounds like a good idea.