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Beethoven Violin                                      25th Nov 2019 The Bear Club Map

The second concert in our series featuring the 10 sonatas for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. Given by the young Slovakian born violinist Filip Pogady. His playing of this European repertoire will surely be a revelation. Joined by pianist John Lenehan, who has curated the series, the programme includes the lyrical and dramatic Spring sonata, perhaps the most popular of all these great chamber pieces. Also in the programme will be the Op 23 A minor sonata, its dark, turbulent mood originally conceived as the perfect foil to the bright and lyrical optimism of the op 24 Spring sonata. After the interval the A major sonata is the first of the three which make up Op 30, and which Beethoven dedicated to Tsar Alexander 1st, a hero of the Enlightenment. The great composer’s democratic imagination was clearly fired by this notable figure of history and inspired him to great heights, none perhaps more beautiful than the slow movement of this sonata.

The Beethoven will be presented alongside Suk’s Four pieces for Violin and Piano, the exhilarating speed of the final movement Burleska surely proving to be the climax of a remarkable recital.

‘…lightning-like virtuosity.’  Russkoe Slovo

‘…commanding performances.’  The New York Times



Filip Pogady

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in A minor Op 23

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in F major Op 24 Spring

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in A major Op 30 No.1

Josef Suk – 4 pieces for Violin and Piano

John Lenehan