L. van Beethoven:
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12
Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30/1
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47
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.
On the second evening, violinist Lana Trotovšek and multiple award winning Spanish pianist Maria Canyigueral will present Beethoven as the untamed heir of the Classical age, boldly breaking with tradition by adopting new compositional approaches and placing increasing emphasis on the violin as a virtuoso instrument in its own right. Beethoven composed the three Op. 30 violin sonatas in one of the most difficult periods of his life, when he had recognised his increasing deafness and was preparing to admit it to the world in the Heiligenstadt Testament. Op. 47 is the famous Kreutzer Sonata, which Beethoven described as being “written in a concertante style, almost like a concerto”. The dramatic intensity of this sonata places it among Beethoven’s most popular works.
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