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The third in our series surveying the 10 sonatas for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. Virtuoso pianist John Lenehan, who has curated these concerts, appears with star British violinist Sara Trickey. The programme includes Beethoven’s final and perhaps most beautiful sonata for these instruments, written in 1812 and dedicated to his great patron Archduke Rudolf of Austria. In the first half of the programme we hear the Op 12 A major sonata, its wit showing a clear debt to Joseph Haydn, whose advice as some sort of teacher Beethoven had sought ten years earlier when he had first arrived in Vienna. Both this work and the G major sonata from Op 30 show signs of Beethoven’s collaboration with Ignaz Schuppanzigh, the celebrated violinist to whom the Op 12 set is dedicated. Practical issues are addressed and evidence of such discussions then notated into manuscript scores, ensuring that both instruments are written for in a way that is rewarding and effective.

This concert is also a chance to hear The Hart’s Grace by James Francis Brown, a contemporary British composer with strong local associations as Co-Artistic Director of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music.

‘Melting lyricism tinged with melancholy… Irresistible!’

London Evening Standard

‘The Beethoven violin concerto was quite simply perfection – not only note-perfect, but time and again distinguished by delicate insights and touches which suggested a lifetime’s acquaintance with the role.’

Seen and Heard International



Sara Trickey

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in A Op 12 No.2

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in G Op 30 No.3

James Francis Brown – The Hart’s Grace

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in G Op 96

John Lenehan