Reviews for our Elgar & Sawyers CD…
Here are the critics’ thoughts on our first CD release: [quote]The Steinberg Duo prove passionately committed advocates not only of Sawyer’s works but of the Elgar too…It is good to welcome two works to the repertory that deserve to be widely performed. [/quote] Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Magazine, December 2013 [hr] [quote]Rarely does a recording exude so […]Continue reading
John Ireland Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor
Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor (1917) – John Ireland I Allegro II Poco lento quasi adagio III In tempo moderato – Con brio ‘I am not one of those composers who feels anxious, or indeed able to talk about his own music. Whatever I have to say is said in the music, and if […]Continue reading
To Evaluate or Procrastinate?
Now in full swing of Malaysian life, we have been loving our time here. Nick has been working hard examining hundreds of nervous little souls and I have been beavering away at my much neglected ‘List’. I did bring my violin, however it’s collecting dust at the back of the cupboard after my poorly violin […]Continue reading
Notes of a different kind
Over the last 8 weeks we have been editing our recording, listening and re-listening, trying the hifi, headphones, even the car to see how our performances come across over a wide range of devices. Over those three days in Banff we were absolutely determined to find the magic take of every bar and now the […]Continue reading
World Premiere Pressure!
This week we are giving the world premiere of a beautiful set of Lullabies by contemporary Czech composer Pavel (Zemek) Novak at the 1901 Arts Club on London’s Southbank. Performing any piece for the first time is always slightly unnerving, but giving a work its premiere is an altogether more daunting experience. I feel the […]Continue reading
Under the microscope
Many, many apologies for the silence over the last two weeks, perhaps inevitably once the recording drew near, our heads went down and we focused entirely on our playing. We are now back at home after an incredible four weeks and we of course want to bring you up to date on the rest of […]Continue reading
Janáček Violin Sonata
Con moto Ballada: Con moto Allegretto Adagio Like many of his countrymen composers, Janáček was fascinated by the raw and immediate emotional intensity of traditional folk music. He became an avid ethnomusicologist and was particularly interested in the speech patterns of native dialects around Moravia. His music shares this raw, blunt and brutal intensity, suddenly […]Continue reading
Suk Four Pieces, Op.17
Quasi Ballada Appassionato Un poco triste Burleska Composer and violinist Josef Suk was one of Dvořák’s favourite pupils and the two men were very close, not least after Suk married Dvořák’s eldest daughter Otilie in 1898. An accomplished performer, Suk played second violin in the Czech Quartet for the majority of his career. Indeed it […]Continue reading