James Ehnes returns to the stage in this intimate recital with pianist Andrew Armstrong, exploring three of Beethoven’s most famous violin sonatas – amongst the most treasured pieces in the violin repertoire.
Written for piano and violin, Ehnes and Armstrong’s musicianship and technical mastery are on full display in this music that allows both instruments to shine.
Beethoven’s Sonata No.1 combines Classical elegance with the vigour, urgency and brightness we expect of Beethoven. His Sonata No.5 is a little gentler, bringing its nickname, Spring, into full bloom as Ehnes releases its bittersweet and lyrical opening melody. Finally, the mighty Sonata No.9 is a dizzying display of intricate technique, musical grandeur and raw power, a perfect unison of piano and violin.
Violin Sonata No.1
Violin Sonata No.5, Spring
Violin Sonata No.9, Kreutzer
JAMES EHNES violin
ANDREW ARMSTRONG piano