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Violinist Antje Weithaas and pianist Dénes Várjon. Ludwig van Beethoven - CD Review, 6th of March 2024

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatas no. 3 in E flat major and no. 8 in G major.

We bring in to the public few selections from this album recorded in the Chamber Music Hall of the German Broadcasting Company in Cologne, by violinist Antje Weithaas and pianist Dénes Várion. The two musicians set out to record together the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, wishing to emphasize how the style of these compositions and Beethoven's technique evolved over the course of a decade. The collection of the two artists will finally contain three volumes produced by Avi Music from Cologne. The first CD, including Sonatas no. 2, 4 and 9, was released last spring and enjoyed success, receiving a nomination at the Classical International Music Awards. And in December, the second volume appeared, which includes Sonatas no. 3, 7 and 8 by Beethoven, combining echoes of the gallant style with elements of language that foreshadow musical romanticism, in a unique, truly Beethovenian synthesis.

Having a comprehensive chamber and concert repertoire, from baroque to contemporary creations, violinist Antje Weithaas enjoys the appreciation of critics and the public. Between 1987 and 1991 she won the Kreisler in Graz, the Bach in Leipzig and the Joseph Joachim in Hanover competitions, successes that contributed to the affirmation of the violinist on the international stage. Antje Weithaas has collaborated with conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Marc Albrecht or Sir Neville Marriner. She was for 10 years artistic director of the Camerata in Bern and associate artist of the Paris Chamber Orchestra, and since 2004 she has been a professor at the Hans Eisler Music Faculty in Berlin. Shealso has a rich discography - has recorded 30 albums so far, one of the most important being the project dedicated to Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, in which she has as a partner, the pianist Dénes Várion from Hungary. He has also a prodigious career, with concert appearances on stages in Europe and the United States of America, being appreciated for his flawless piano technique and his musicality.

Larisa Clempuº