Beethoven - Violin Sonatas 1-4
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Cat No: BIS2517
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd October 2020
WorksViolin Sonata no.1 in D major, op.12 no.1
Violin Sonata no.2 in A major, op.12 no.2
Violin Sonata no.3 in E flat major, op.12 no.3
Violin Sonata no.4 in A minor, op.23
ArtistsFrank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Martin Helmchen (piano)
Beethoven’s first pieces for violin and piano were also early, but by the time he composed his first three sonatas he was well on his way to maturity. In formal terms the Opus 12 Sonatas are perhaps rooted in Mozartian ground, but they go far beyond that role model with their numerous moments of melodic and harmonic surprise, and especially the technical demands they make on the keyboard player. Published in 1798, the three sonatas quickly became very popular. Composed only a couple of years later, the A minor Sonata, op.23, was of a more melancholic and uneasy character and never reached the same popularity as the Op.12 set – or the sonata that followed: the famous ‘Spring’ Sonata included on the next instalment of this 3-disc series.
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