L. van Beethoven:
Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12
Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12
Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24
The talented violinist Lana Trotovšek, an audience favourite who has graced international concert platforms with world-famous orchestras, and Maria Canyigueral, the brightest star of the new generation of pianists in Spain, mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven with a performance of all ten of his sonatas for violin and piano. The two musicians, who are linked by ties of friendship and successful past projects, will present the beauty of Beethoven’s skilfully wrought violin sonatas over the course of three evenings. They will later repeat the performances in Spain and Belgium.
The first evening will reveal the beginnings of Beethoven’s creative process as regards the violin sonata, with the great composer still flirting with the Classical tradition of Haydn and Mozart and beginning to break with it. The three Op. 12 sonatas were given a somewhat lukewarm reception at their premiere performances because they contained progressive ideas which the late-eighteenth-century audience was not ready to understand. Beethoven planned to publish his fourth and fifth violin sonatas (Op. 23 and Op. 24) together but a mistake at the printers led to them being published separately. Op. 24 is the famous “Spring” sonata, which breaks with the three-movement structure of the Classical sonata by adding a brief Scherzo, a mere minute long, and is distinguished by a relaxed lyricism.
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