Beethoven • Prokofiev Live in Concert
Lana Trotovsek / Maria Canyigueral
L.van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 in A major "Kreutzer"
I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto [12:07]
II. Andante con variazioni [14:22]
III. Presto [07:11]
S. Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
I. Andante assai [07:03]
II. Allegro brusco [07:02]
III. Andante [08:23]
IV. Allegrissimo - Andante, Come Prima [8:21]
This is a live recording from an evening concert at the Wigmore Hall in July 2019. The Strad described the concert as "Remarkable" with " the true feel of live intuitive performance".
The Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 in A major, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is a sonata for piano and violin notable for its technical difficulty, unusual length (around 40 minutes), and emotional scope. It is commonly known as the Kreutzer Sonata after the violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, to whom it was ultimately dedicated, but who never performed the piece. The sonata was originally dedicated to the violinist George Bridgetower (1778–1860). Shortly after completion the work was premiered by Bridgetower and Beethoven on 24 May 1803. After the premiere performance Beethoven and Bridgetower fell out: while the two were drinking, Bridgetower apparently insulted the morals of a woman whom Beethoven cherished. Enraged, Beethoven removed the dedication of the piece, dedicating it instead to Rodolphe Kreutzer, who was considered the finest violinist of the day.
Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80, written between 1938 and 1946 (completed two years after Violin Sonata No. 2), is one of the darkest and most brooding of the composer's works. Prokofiev was awarded the 1947 Stalin prize for this composition.
The work was premiered by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin on October 23, 1946, under the personal coaching of the composer. During rehearsals, Oborin played a certain passage, marked forte, too gently for Prokofiev's liking, who insisted it should be more aggressive. Oborin replied that he was afraid of drowning out the violin, but Prokofiev said "It should sound in such a way that people should jump in their seat, and people will say 'Is he out of his mind?'". The first and third movements of the sonata were played at Prokofiev's funeral by Oistrakh and Samuil Feinberg.