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Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas with James Ehnes

Intimate Collisions

James Ehnes explores three of Beethoven’s most famous violin sonatas.

In the Concert Hall | Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Classical Music


Intimate Collisions

James Ehnes returns to the stage in this intimate recital, exploring three of Beethoven’s most famous violin sonatas – amongst the most treasured pieces in the violin repertoire. Written for piano and violin, Ehnes’ 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.

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No.1
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No.5, Spring
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No.9, Kreutzer

James Ehnes violin

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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