David Breitman- Pianos, and Elizabeth Wallfisch- Violins
We simply love these works with a passion. you can't help falling in love with the music, being moved by its tenderness and whole-hearted openness. They are a window into Beethoven...
…ON HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS
It is a rare treat to hear these pieces on historical instruments. There are no currently available recordings of the set, and there are serious logistical obstacles to performing them in concert: they require top•notch fortepianos, and a real chamber•music performance space. Perhaps most difficult of all is to find the right
performers! There are still many more harpsichordists than fortepiano players, and, among "period" performers on the violin, most specialize in the Baroque period; few venture beyond Mozart.
Elizabeth Wallfisch and David Breitman have been exploring the classical repertoire together since 2003, performing sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as trios by Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn with cellist Jaap ter Linden. The special rapport that they share, as well as their love for this literature has inspired them to seek out performance opportunities throughout the world, culminating in a plan to record the complete set.
Historical instruments, and the historical playing techniques that go with them, shed new light on these masterpieces. Beethoven called them "Sonatas for Piano with Violin," not, as they can seem in a conventional violin recital, violin solos with piano accompaniment.
Paradoxically, the much larger sound of the modern piano tends to recede behind the violin, while the smaller but brighter sound of the fortepiano encourages a more equal partnership. The violin-especially when vibrato is used sparingly-can easily weave in and out of the texture, shifting quickly between a soloistic and accompanimental role.