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LvB250 – Beethoven´s Violin Sonatas

Beethoven’s 10 violin sonatas performed by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and pianist Martin Helmchen.

Frank Peter Zimmermann is broadly acclaimed for his virtuosity and beautifully resonant violin-playing. He is considered one of the leading violin soloists of our era and has performed at Konserthuset Stockholm many times before, both in chamber music concerts and with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. During the LVB 250 anniversary year, when he tackles all ten of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, he will do so accompanied by multi-award-winning pianist Martin Helmchen, who is also a coveted soloist and a frequent guest of Konserthuset Stockholm.

Beethoven composed most of his sonatas for violin and piano within a span of five years around the turn of the century to the year 1800. Only the final one came somewhat later, in 1812. He was spending time with many of his era’s most skilled violinists, who were in continuous search of a new repertoire. They advised him on how best to leverage the potential of the violin, which he did, in addition to developing the form into something different from what it had once been. Virtuosity grew, dynamics became greater and expressions ever more powerful. The drama of Sonata No. 9, called The Kreutzer Sonata, inspired Leo Tolstoy to write the passionate, autobiographical novella with the same title.


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