Beethoven - Violin Sonatas nos. 1 & 5
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Cat No: PTC5186235
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th September 2016
WorksViolin Sonata no.1 in D major, op.12 no.1
Violin Sonata no.5 in F major, op.24 'Spring'
ArtistsArthur Grumiaux (violin)
Claudio Arrau (piano)
No composer before Beethoven treated the two instruments as equally as he did in his sonatas for piano and violin. In 1797 Beethoven embarked on a journey of writing ten sonatas for this combination. In the first sonata of his oeuvre of 10, a festive piece with a theatrical-dramatic opening, the two parts are already very much integrated. The violin has clearly lost its role of accompagnato instrument. By the time just a few years later that Beethoven composed his fifth ‘Spring’ Sonata, one of the most beloved and lyrical pieces of music ever written by him, the piano and the violin had reached a complete synthesis. This unprecedented integration is magnificently revealed by Arrau and Grumiaux on this newly remastered multi-channel Philips Classics recording.
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