Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin [4-CD Set] - Monte Belknap, Barbara Allen

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Known for his characteristically deep sound and formidable virtuosity, violinist Monte Belknap joins concert pianist Barbara Allen to perform the complete collection of Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin in this new 4-disc set.

Belknap has numerous film credits, including serval as a soloist. He regularly performs with the Uinta Trio and the Deseret String Quartet. Belknap has been a violin professor at the BYU School of Music since 2003, and his former students concertize and perform with major symphonies around the world.

Allen has concertized widely, playing solo chamber music and concerto repertoire. Also a singer and a conductor, she has been music director of the Utah Lyric Opera and is currently vocal coach for the BYU Opera Theatre.

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Sonata No. 1 in D Major, op. 12, no. 1

1 I. Allegro con brio (9:06)
2 II. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto (8:07)
3 III. Rondo: Allegro (4:40)

Sonata No. 2 in A Major, op. 12, no. 2

4 I. Allegro vivace (6:24)
5 II. Andante, più tosto allegretto (5:39)
6 III. Allegro piacevole (4:35)

Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 12, no. 3

7 I. Allegro con spirito (8:05)
8 II. Adagio con molt’espressione (7:11)
9 III. Rondo: Allegro molto (4:13)


Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, op. 23

1 I. Presto (7:25)
2 II. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto (6:33)
3 III. Allegro molto (5:37)

Sonata No. 6 in A Major, op. 30, no. 1

4 I. Allegro (7:50)
5 II. Adagio molto espressivo (7:21)
6 III. Allegretto con variazioni (8:10)

Sonata No. 8 in G Major, op. 30, no. 3

7 I. Allegro assai (6:31)
8 II. Tempo diminuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso (8:47)
9 III. Allegro vivace (3:32)


Sonata No. 9 in A Major, op. 47, “Kreutzer”

1 I. Adagio sostenuto—Presto—Adagio (14:49)
2 II. Andante con variazioni (16:59)
3 III. Finale: Presto (8:57)

Sonata No. 5 in F Major, op. 24, “Spring”

4 I. Allegro (9:31)
5 II. Adagio molto espressivo (5:56)
6 III. Scherzo and trio: Allegro molto (1:16)
7 IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo (6:45)


Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, op. 30, no. 2

1 I. Allegro con brio (8:07)
2 II. Adagio cantabile (10:32)
3 III. Scherzo: Allegro (3:12)
4 IV. Finale: Allegro (5:30)

Sonata No. 10 in G Major, op. 96

5 I. Allegro moderato (10:26)
6 II. Adagio espressivo (6:41)
7 III. Scherzo: Allegro (1:53)
8 IV. Poco allegretto (8:29) 

Producers: Barbara Allen, Barbara Williams
Executive producer: Ben Fales
Project coordinators: Byron Paul Murphy, Cardin McKinney
Recording and editing engineer: Aaron Ashton at Counterpoint Studios, Salt Lake City, Utah
Editing and mixing engineer: David Stillman at UpCraft Studios, St. George, Utah
Mastering engineer: Troy Sales
Booklet designer: Olivia Juárez Knudsen
Booklet editor: Lena Harper Primosch

Special thanks to Peter Prier & Sons Violins for the generous use of their concert violins for this project.

Tantara Records is part of BYU Music Group, an enterprise center in the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University.