5. Coffee Concert

Beethoven Cycle 2

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Saturday 29 June 2024

11:00 am

12:00 pm

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Beethoven Cycle 2

Beethoven’s Second Sonata is an unalloyed joy, the playful exchange between the two players cannot but bring a smile to start the day’s music. The gentle Andante shows off the musicians’ softer side and the mild-mannered Rondo maintains the good-humoured mood. The Third Sonata in the Op.12 set puts the musicians under more pressure, Beethoven was after all a piano virtuoso and the opening Allegro sees him in full flight. There are more wonderful surprises waiting for us in this sonata especially in the glorious slow movement. The A minor Sonata opens with an aggressive Presto that gives some idea of Beethoven's ability to create musical drama out of some very terse material. There is a second gentler theme but it is rather overwhelmed by the fiery nature of the main idea. The strange Andante doubles as a Scherzo with its halting theme undergoing multiple transformations and tempi. The finale is a large-scale rondo and, like the previous movement, it generates a fresh surprise in each new episode, switching unpredictably from calm to tumult and back. Even the ending takes us unawares.

Admission: €22/16/10

All works performed by Fanny Clamagirand Roustem Saitkoulov


Composer Work
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.2 in A major Op.12/2
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.3 in E flat Op.12/3
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor Op.23
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