“What do I care for your wretched fiddle when I am speaking to my God?” exclaimed Beethoven. His 12 violin sonatas are like a diary of his inner struggle between instinct and intellect, private and public, songful violin and impassioned piano. They’re perfect for James Ehnes – in the words of The Telegraph, “a thinker of the violin as well as a supreme virtuoso of the instrument” – and with pianist Andrew Armstrong, they’ll perform Beethoven’s last three violin sonatas, including the extraordinary, extrovert ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, arguably the greatest of them all.
Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Nos.8, 9 and 10
James Ehnes violin
Andrew Armstrong piano
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