Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn: Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Concert in aid of Music in Hospitals & Care with guest artist Kathryn Rudge
Saturday 9 November 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
photo credit: Theresa-Pewal
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No 1 in D major Op 12 no 1
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No 5 in F major No. 24 ‘Spring’
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor Op.30 No.2
Christopher Glynn piano / bosendorfer piano
Rachel Podger baroque violin
Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
Beethoven learned to play the violin as a boy and mastered the piano as a man. His profound understanding of both instruments, and ability to combine them with astonishing invention and originality, is heard in ten sonatas. From the high-spirited first sonata, to the valedictory and enigmatic tenth, via a famously lyrical sonata nicknamed Spring and the epic virtuosity of the Kreutzer – ‘like a concerto’, said Beethoven – violin and piano are engaged in an endlessly fascinating and varied dialogue.
Using 19th century instruments that reflect Beethoven’s ideal, Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn explore a sonata cycle that, more than any other, opens up new worlds of expression for their instruments.
Kathryn Rudge, acclaimed mezzo-soprano, will also be making a guest appearance on the night.
The concert is in aid of the charity, Music in Hospitals & Care.
Advisory: Suitable for age 10 and over