14th, 16th and 18th
Complete Violin Sonatas of
A rare chance to hear the complete cycle
Piano Professor at the Royal College of Music, London
The complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in three recitals
Wednesday 14th at 6pm:
No.1 op.12 no. 1
No.2 op. 12 no. 2
No.3 op 12 no. 3
No.4 op. 23
Friday 16th December at 6pm
No. 5 op. 25 The Spring Sonata
No. 6 op. 30 no. 1
No. 7 op 30 no. 2
Sunday 18th December at 6pm
No. 8 op. 30 no.3
No. 9. op 47 The Kreutzer Sonata
No. 10 op 96
It is a rare treat to hear the Beethoven ten. They are only occasionally performed over a short period. In 2012 I travelled to Manchester to hear them played by ten different musicians at the Royal Northern College of Music.
It is also rare to hear them played in order of publication. They are usually mixed for the Procrustean reason of making each program similar in length. I have avoided that temptation in order to get a sense of Beethoven's flow of creation.
The first nine sonatas were written between 1797 and 1803 and so fall into the early-mid period. No 10 was written in 1812 for the French violinist Pierre Rode, whose Stradivarius violin of 1722, according to Wikipedia, is now played by Erzhan. Could it be that we will hear the performance of no. 10 on the violin for which the sonata was written? That's a stretch.
Erzhan Kulibaev is a Kazakh born violinist living in Madrid and now a national of Spain. He has visited Eelswamp several times, to much acclaim. He has performed the 24 Paganini Caprices as well as sonatas of Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert and Respighi.
Ilya Kondratiev is a Professor of Piano at The Royal College of Music, in London, one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the world. I met Ilya at the 2014 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv. He was a standout talent. This will be his fifth visit to Eelswamp.
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