JAMES BRAWN

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A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY, VOL.6

A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY, VOL.6

Piano Sonatas Nos.4, 11 & 12

Ludwig van Beethoven

JAMES BRAWN, piano

[MS1470]

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REVIEWS
"'A Beethoven Odyssey' once again lives up to its name, with Volume 6 proving even more of an adventure than we’ve been accustomed to expect. That may be in part because of the unfamiliarity of the offerings [which are] brim-full of musical substance in their own right. They require an artist like Brawn, in whom technique and musicality are in equal balance, someone who is capable of taking the many surprises that must have made Beethoven’s audiences gasp with delight (or dismay) at the composer’s daring inventiveness taken en passant, as it were, instead of pausing to announce that something new is about to happen. Add in Brawn’s innate sense of the poetry in the music and his insight as a scholar, and you have the ideal pianist to bring three neglected early masterworks to life, none of which had previously made anything like the impression on me that they do here."
Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Club [June 2019]
PROGRAM NOTES
The three “Grand” sonatas recorded on this disc – No.4, Op.7; No.11, Op.22; and No.12, Op.26 – were composed by Beethoven between 1796 and 1801. They are all four movement works in the flat keys of E-flat, B-flat and A-flat major, respectively, and were each published separately.

James Brawn began his career at age 12 with an Australian debut in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.25, K.503. Brawn credits subsequent achievements to the great pianists with whom he has studied, taking pride in teachers who trace their pedagogical lineage back to Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Clara Schumann. Yet he has forged his own musical path as well as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Born in England in 1971, his career in music began in New Zealand, where he began piano lessons at age seven. He played Bartók on New Zealand television and won his first awards in Auckland. The family moved to Australia the following year, where he studied with Margaret Schofield, Ronald Farren-Price and Rita Reichman, winning major prizes at all the Melbourne competitions and the Hephzibah Menuhin Award, presented by Yehudi Menuhin. In 1987, Brawn reached the concerto final of the ABC Young Performers Awards, which led to concerts with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He continued private study with Rita Reichman in Philadelphia on a grant from the Australia Arts Council, and in 1988 received a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won many recital awards, including the Beethoven Prize and 20th Century Prize. At age 19, Brawn won the Keyboard Final of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which resulted in solo recitals and chamber music partnerships at music societies and festivals across the UK. From 1993-2001, Brawn taught piano and chamber music at King’s College and St. John’s College schools in Cambridge. In 2001, he returned to Australia to take up a piano teaching position at highly regarded Scotch College, where he co-founded the biennial Scotch College Piano Festival. Brawn has recorded for RTHK Radio 4 in Hong Kong, SMG Classical in Shanghai, ABC Classic FM, and 3MBS radio in Melbourne. He returned to the United Kingdom in 2010, performing regular solo recitals in London, including St. James’s Piccadilly, Blackheath Halls, Foundling Museum, The Forge, Royal Over-Seas League and St. Olave Church. Significant engagements include recitals at Chichester Cathedral, Cheltenham Town Hall, the Bösendorfer concert series at St. Mary Magdalene and the ‘Pianists of the World’ series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Brawn has performed in master classes with András Schiff, Tamás Vásáry, Menahem Pressler and Stephen Kovacevich, and studied chamber music with members of the Amadeus and Chilingirian Quartets. Recitals have taken him to France, Italy, China, Canada and the United States. Recent Beethoven concerto performances in the UK have been with the Surrey Mozart Players, English Symphony and Capriol Chamber Orchestras. In 2015, James Brawn was made a Steinway Artist and in 2016 he joined the piano faculty of the FaceArt Institute of Music, Shanghai. [ www.jamesbrawn.com ]
PROGRAM
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
PIANO SONATA NO.4 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP.7 (1796-97)
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Largo, con gran espressione
III. Allegro & Minore
IV. Rondo (Poco Allegretto e grazioso)

PIANO SONATA NO.12 IN A-FLAT MAJOR, OP.26 (1800-01)
I. Andante con variazioni
II. Scherzo (Allegro molto) & Trio
III. Marcia Funebre sulla morte d’un Eroe. Maestoso andante
IV. Allegro

PIANO SONATA NO.11 IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP.22 (1799-1800)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molta espressione
III. Minuetto & Minore
IV. Rondo (Allegretto)
 



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