FRANZ BENDA Violin Sonatas
Leila Schayegh Václav Luks, Felix Knecht
Leila Schayegh, violin
Václav Luks, harpsichord & fortepiano Felix Knecht, cello
Total playing time: 67:15 Recorded at Kloster Beinwil (Solothurn, Switzerland) in March 2011 Engineered by Tritonus Musikproduktion Recording producer: Andreas Neubronner Executive producers: Thomas Drescher (SCB), Carlos Céster (Glossa) Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essay: Leila Schayegh & Thomas DrescherEnglish - Français - Deutsch
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FRANZ BENDA (1709-1786)Violin SonatasOrnamented versions from a Berlin manuscript
1-3 Sonata XI in D majorAllegro - Adagio - Presto
4-6 Sonata XXIII in C minor Adagio - Allegro moderato - Allegro
7 from: Sonata VII in A major Adagio poco andante
8-10 Sonata XIII in G minor Adagio poco andante - Allegro - Allegro
11-13 Sonata XXXII in E major Allegro - Adagio ò Arioso - Allegro moderato e cantabile
About this CD
“When [Franz] Benda [...] plays an Adagio, one has the impression that eternal wisdom is speaking down to us from heaven.” Thus the description, written in 1798, by violinist Johann Peter Salomon – a pupil of Benda’s and a good friend of Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven – of the playing of the “magician”, the “great genius”. His interpretation was in a singing, unpretentious, and obviously very touching style, whereby, in accordance with the custom of the time, he always richly ornamented the violin part.
The works on this recording were selected from a unique manuscript collection preserved in the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin. What makes it a rarity are the written-out ornaments, for all of the movements, even the quick ones, are complemented by one or, in some cases, even two ornamented versions on separate staves. Even if this Berlin manuscript does not stem from Benda’s own hand, there is much to indicate that it is a very careful and, in terms of ornamentation technique, authentic version.
For this new release in Glossa’s Schola Cantorum Basiliensis series, the Swiss violinist Leila Schayegh (the successor, together with Amandine Beyer, of Chiara Banchini at the SCB) and her continuo partners Václav Luks and Felix Knecht recover a selection of Benda’s beautiful, ornamented sonatas, of course including some of those legendary Adagios mentioned by Salomon...
Central to the research into and the performance of early music since the beginnings of the renewed interest into music from previous centuries the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) remains an extraordinary powerhouse of talent ranging over music from the early Middle Ages through to the 19th century. Today its pupils are legion, as too are its teachers, amply fulfilling the aspirations of Paul Sacher when he founded the institution in Switzerland in 1933. In an agreement recently made between Glossa and the SCB fresh new life is being breathed into the desire to bring the fruits of all this musical activity to a much wider worldwide audience through recordings. [read more...]