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Five Star BBC Music Review for Beethoven Plus!

“It’s an elegant idea, and it has paid off. … aside from being very winning in its own right, Kurt Schwertsik’s Unterwegs nach Heiligenstadt prepared the way for Op. 30 No. 1 so effectively that I genuinely found myself listening to the Beethoven with new ears. Matthew Taylor’s Tarantella Furiosa emerges compellingly… David Matthews’s Sonatina… […]

Four-Star Review for The Leipzig Circle in The Telegraph

“For a few years in the 1840s, the Schumanns and Mendelssohns crossed paths in Leipzig. Both lived in the city only a short walk from each other. it’s easy to imagine them playing their new pieces to each other after dinner, discussing works-in-progress, criticising a first draft. That feeling of a shared musical culture comes […]

Daniel Tong on Beethoven’s Inspiration for Modern Composers

In 2014, Krysia Osostowicz and I were working on the cycle of 10 Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, on that kind of musical high that comes from immersion in the depths of fathomless art. We began talking about what we could do to mark out our cycle from the many that have come before; […]

Gramophone Sighs With Pleasure for Beethoven Plus, Volume One

Gramophone critic Andrew Farach-Colton reviews Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong’s Beethoven Plus, Volume One recording in the September issue of Gramophone Magazine: “Osostowicz and Tong’s interpretative style – patient, affectionate, warmly conversational, sensitive to harmonic detail – reminds me of Schneiderhan and Kempff’s classic mid-’50s set.…these are thoroughly engaging performances. The whole of Op 12 […]