On 23 July 2021, pianists Tessa Uys and Ben Schoeman released their first of six compact discs under the SOMM Recordings Label in London. These recordings encompass the complete Symphonies by Beethoven transcribed for piano duet by Xaver Scharwenka. The first disc includes Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 (‘Eroica’) and the Six Canonic Etudes, Op. 56 by Schumann (arranged for 2 pianos by Debussy). This album has already received excellent reviews, including The Sunday Times, where it was placed under “The best classical albums to listen to next”. Paul Driver wrote about the Eroica Symphony: “splendidly put across … a drivenness and gloriousness that seem to define what a musical argument might be”.
A promotional video of Schoeman and Uys playing Beethoven can be seen here (produced by Dry Ink Media):
Presto Classical have published an interview on this project between David Smith and the two pianists – watch it here.
Also see this review by Colin Clarke on Classical Explorer: https://www.classicalexplorer.com/beethoven-eroica-arranged-scharwenka/
The album is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and other international platforms – please visit this link.
Concert Calendar 2021
Ben Schoeman and Tessa Uys play Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony at the Royal Over-Seas League Edinburgh Fringe Online Series on 14th August at 11am (UK time). This concert will take place at Princess Alexandra Hall at ROSL in London to a live audience, but it will also streamed online. Click here for more details.
1 JAN Beethoven 250 at St Stephen Walbrook
7pm | Streamed on the internet
Two pianists, Tessa Uys and Ben Schoeman, perform Scharwenka’s transcription of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony as part of their celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday year.
Click here to watch the video.