Beethoven: Sonatas For Fortepiano & Violin, Vol. 4

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Label: CORO
Catalog: COR16161
Format: CD

Watson, Ian; Ogata, Susanna

Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata’s acclaimed series on Coro Connections continues with the fourth album in their exploration of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin. The Opus 12 Sonatas that are explored on this final volume are among the most Mozartian of the sonatas. They are, however, filled with Beethoven’s inimitable voice, from the assertive Sonata No. 1, in the violin’s most brilliant and sonorous key of D major, to the pianistically brilliant No. 3 in E flat with its cascades of triplets and sextuplets. Unmistakably Beethoven! Susanna Ogata has been praised for her “totally convincing, spontaneous and free-flowing playing” (The Berkshire Review) and is a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society where she was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the orchestra in 2014. Ian Watson has been described by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “a conductor of formidable ability,” and by The Times in London as a keyboard performer with “virtuosic panache and brilliantly articulated playing” and “a world-class soloist.” He was appointed Associate Conductor of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society in 2016.

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