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Weber Violin Sonatas Recorded for Naxos

August 23, 2009

Carl Maria van Weber

From 11 to 13 July 2009 in Potton Hall, Westleton, UK, Frederieke Eugenie Saeijs (violin) and Nino Gvetadze (piano) recorded for Naxos Weber’s Six Violin Sonatas, to be released on 8.572234.

Frederieke Saeijs writes:

“The Sonates progressives pour le Piano-Forte avex Violon obligé, composées et dediées aux amateurs (‘progressive sonatas for pianoforte with the mandatory complementary voice of the violin, composed and dedicated to amateurs’) opus 10b by Carl Maria von Weber are 6 relatively small and light sonatas.

“As the title indicates, these sonatas were composed for amateurs, which implies that they are technically not very demanding. However, musically these compositions do leave a lot of room for interpretation. It was a rewarding challenge to try to turn every movement into a little sparkling jewel. Especially the slow (2nd) movement of the first sonata Romanza goes straight to the heart, and was one of the pieces that famous old master violinist Fritz Kreisler liked to perform.

Frederieke Saejis. Photo by Marco Borggreve

Nino Gvetadze. Photo by Merlijn Doomernik

“Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze and I had 3 days to record the 6 sonatas. At first we thought this would be a sea of time, but while recording and trying to bring out every interesting detail we realized that we could use these 3 days very well! Time flew by…

“Recording engineer Peter Newble was of great support to us with his sharp ears. And how confronting it was to listen to your own playing after each take! It makes you feel quite ‘naked’, standing in front of all those microphones that catch every little sigh or scratch on the violin. Of course the solution is to try to transform those mics in your mind into a loving audience…a big art! Luckily the beautiful space of Potton Hall helped us very much. It is quite easy to feel at home in this big, but cosy wooden concert hall. At night, while practicing there, I loved to just sit and listen for a few minutes to the overwhelming silence in that place! I didn’t know that it was still possible on earth to find a place that quiet!

“During these 3 days we stayed in the house of the owner of the concert hall, Mr Jeremy Hayes. Jeremy, his wife Helen and their two adorable children are the most welcoming people! We slept in comfortable beds, and every morning and evening they prepared us delicious meals. Also there is a swimming pool in their garden, which we gratefully made use of in order to relax our muscles after a day of recording. The Hayes family we will never forget for their warm hospitality.

“Nino and I are very curious to hear the result of this recording. We hope it will help the sonatas by Weber to find their way to the concert stage more often, since they deserve to be played by many hands and to be heard by even more ears!”

Frederieke Saejis also performs Violin Sonatas by Ravel, Respighi and Granados [Naxos 8.572093], currently available for digital download, this album will be released later on CD. The Weber recording will be Nino Gvetadze’s Naxos début.

Frederieke Saejis website

Nino Gvetadze website

Carl Maria van Weber Biography & Discography


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