dda 25108 (2CDs for price of 1)
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After studies at the Royal Academy and the Royal Northern College of Music, British pianist Stephen Beville won a scholarship to study at the Staadt Hochschule in Karlsruhe, Germany. During his time there he gave several acclaimed concerts and made studio recordings, a selection of which make up this, his commercial recording debut. Described as 'one of the most talented young musicians to emerge from the UK' by Frankfurter Neue Press, his musicianship and deep consideration of his music are well demonstrated. In this 2 CD set the performances of the Beethoven Op. 111 and Schumann's C major Fantasie are taken from live concerts.

CD DURATION:  CD1: 48:18 CD2: 47:29

AUDIO SAMPLE: Chopin Scherzo no. 4 (opening)






Fryderyk Chopin:
Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Pierre Boulez:
Douze Notations
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111
Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 81a
Robert Schumann:
Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This ambitious recital by a young British virtuoso, captures him in both studio and concert performances. From the outset we feel the presence of an intelligent, controlled and searching pair of hands quite capable of imparting power as well as finesse. When Beville builds up his momentum [in Beethoven's Op. 111], the surge becomes persuasively emphatic, the intimate moments eerily serene. The last movement [of the Schumann Fantasie] plays directly into Beville's ardent hands, an apt gesture from one young poet to another.” – Gary Lemco (Audiophile Audition)

“Fascinating... Beville plays [the Boulez] brilliantly. [In the Schumann] he delivers a bold and electrifying march through the second movement and an absolutely gorgeous and dramatic performance of the great slow finale. Beville wrote his own thoughtful and informative notes. Certainly, his is a career to keep an ear open for.” – Peter Burwasser (Fanfare)

“ Beville is a thoughtful artist, whose accounts of each of the established masterpieces here are well worth hearing." - Robert Matthew-Walker (Musical Opinion)