Beethoven - Violin Sonatas 2, 4 & 9 ‘Kreutzer’ | Alpha ALPHA240

Beethoven - Violin Sonatas 2, 4 & 9 ‘Kreutzer’


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA240

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 24th June 2016



The adventure began in 2012, when Gilles Ledure, director of Flagey (Brussels), suggested to Lorenzo Gatto and Julien Libeer they should perform the complete Beethoven violin sonatas there. For these two artists, Beethoven was ‘perhaps the first composer in our history to have embodied the values of the Enlightenment in both his music and his life’. Haunted by these monuments of architecture and expression, they decided to embark on a recording. Here are three sonatas recorded in the legendary Salle de Musique of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including the famous ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata. Since his version of the Beethoven Violin Concerto (ZZT354), Lorenzo Gatto has taken his place among the violinists who matter on the international scene.

‘Gatto is well equipped to play the Beethoven Concerto. His clear, ringing tone, coupled with an ability to play the exposed high passages with pure intonation, are joined to an expressive, unmannered style that can transmit the works grandeur and nobility... it’s well worth hearing Gatto’s strong, communicative performances.’ - Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

‘Gatto’s technique is stellar, especially considering his relatively young age. He produces an abundance of tone colors, enabling him to transport listeners from moments of placidity to vehemence and everything in between.’ -

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