Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas, vol. 3 (2008)

Beethoven

Igor Tchetuev

Beethoven was reluctant to comment on his own music. His friends often took serious pains trying to direct the conversation towards this or that opus, but even when successful, they usually received a new riddle instead of the coveted “key” (for example, he advised Schindler to read Shakespeare’s “Tempest”, which allegedly clarified the contents of Sonata No.17 and “Appassionata”). We don’t know any Beethoven’s direct remarks regarding the music of Sonatas op.2. However, once, in conversation with the flute virtuoso Louis Drouet, he referred to his early compositions in the following words: “They were printed differently from what I had written. When I looked at my manuscripts a couple of years after having finished them, I wondered whether I was crazy to cram into one piece the material enough for twenty. I burned the manuscripts so that no one could see them”. It is not known which compositions Beethoven referred to, but it is worth noting that the autographs of Sonatas op.2 do not survive. It is unlikely the composer meant them, though: scholars agree that the sonatas were finished in 1794–95, and in spring of 1796 the Wiener Zeitung announced their publication at Artaria. The author, apparently, could not keep the autograph for several years and then review it before the first publication. But the quoted phrase rouses a not-quite-typical question about this music: how much was put into this music?

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Igor Tchetuev

When listening to Tchetuev, it is impossible to say whether he is poet, humorist or philosopher – lyric poetry and scathing sarcasm are absolutely typical of him as well as delicate cantilena and stoic concentration. He was born in Sevastopol in 1980 and had his first music lessons in this city, at Sevastopol Music School No.1. He enjoyed dancing as much as piano playing and found it difficult to decide which to choose as a profession. As a performer Tchetuev developed quickly and soon attracted attention. He won the Grand Prix and some special prizes at the Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists Competition (Kharkov, 1994), first prize and the audience’s prize at the Anton Rubinstein Competition (Tel-Aviv, 1998). He has appeared with Evgeny Svetlanov, Vladimir Spivakov and Vladimir Krainev and considers that these were the most remarkable concerts of his life. Following his successful performance in Kharkov the famous pianist Vladimir Krainev became his teacher and ‘protector’. Igor is now a postgraduate under his guidance in Hanover. In 2004 Tchetuev recorded the complete Piano Sonatas written by Alfred Schnittke (the SA-CD was also released by Caro Mitis label). In 2005 he started recording all the Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, the project he had been dreaming about for a

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Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas, vol. 3 (2008)

Beethoven

Igor Tchetuev

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Recording location: Mane Hall of the Moscow Theatre School of Dramatic Art
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Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Allegro
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Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Adagio
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Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Menuetto. Allegretto
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Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Prestissimo
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Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Allegro vivace
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Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Largo appassionato
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Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Scherzo. Allegretto
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Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Rondo. Grazioso
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Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Allegro con brio
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Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Adagio
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Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Scherzo. Allegro
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Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Allegro assai
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