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chamber Music

AUGUSTIN HADELICH / CHARLES OWEN

Beethoven, Janáček, Perkinson, Ravel
Augustin Hadelich showcases his phenomenal technique and versatility, with pianist Charles Owen.
Programme

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major Op. 24 “Spring”

LEOŠ JANÁČEK
Violin sonata

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON
Blue/s Forms for solo violin

MAURICE RAVEL
Violin Sonata in G major

Popular ever since it appeared in 1800, Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata No 5 was his first to expand the form from three to four movements, adding a third movement Scherzo; and this scherzo’s cleverly executed joke is that it always sounds as though one of the instruments is late. It’s possibly the wartime context you hear most strongly at the opening of Janáček’s 1915 Violin Sonata, although the work’s most continuous traits are its gypsy influences. It’s then blues music that most strongly defines the character of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Blue/s Forms, written in 1976 for Sanford Allen, first African American member of the New York Philharmonic, although Bach and American Romanticism are also audible. Ravel’s G major Violin Sonata of 1917 displays his own fascination with American music via a striking central Blues movement.