news_2010_10_07Hazard Chase is delighted to announce that Isabelle Faust has won a Gramophone Award for her recording of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Alexander Melnikov.

Receiving the Chamber Music prize in this prestigious round of awards, this box set issue of the complete Beethoven Sonatas includes a DVD documentary feature on the making of the recording and interviews with Faust and Melnikov. The recording has won critical plaudits continuously since its release:

“The musical sleight of hand used by these expert players to focus the very different character of each sonata is in itself cause for wonder. Though quite different as musical personalities – Faust, subtle and quietly formal; Melnikov, a master of the meaningful pause – the combination of the two fires a laser between the staves … Airy, well balanced sound provides a realistic aural context for what may well prove the leading Beethoven violin sonata cycle of the decade, certainly one that respectfully challenges conventions so that collectors wedded to their Kreisler, Grumiaux, Heifetz, Oistrakh, Kremer and Szigeti cycles stand to learn and a musically stimulate. A marvellous set.”
The Gramophone, October 2009

“…There is nothing “academic” and dusty about their exhilarating playing of these much-recorded works, however. Indeed, they blow off the cobwebs of tradition, while using the potential of their instruments — she plays the modernised “Sleeping Beauty” Strad of 1704 — to the utmost. Faust and Melnikov make this music live and breathe more thrillingly than in any recent recording I can recall…”
CD of the Week, The Sunday Times, 6 September 2009