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MOZART, JANÁČEK & BEETHOVEN

AUGUSTIN DUMAY / SERGEI BABAYAN
Two classical music legends, violinist Augustin Dumay and pianist Sergei Babayan, share the stage for a transfixing afternoon of Leoš Janáček, Mozart and Beethoven.
Programme

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791) 
Violin Sonata No. 18 in G major K. 301

LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854-1928)
Violin Sonata JW VII/7 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major Op. 96 

 

Written in 1778, Mozart’s Violin Sonata No 18 in G major is unusual for both its movements being Allegros, the playful second’s contrasts coming via its waltz time, the countryside drone to some of the violin’s double-stops, and its plaintive minor-keyed trio. A gypsyish element is instantly audible in Janacek’s Violin Sonata of 1915, as is its wartime inspiration. The second movement Ballada sees delicately rippling piano figures supporting the violin’s singing lines. The war mood returns for a scherzo-like Allegretto punctuated by a wistful central song, before a closing Adagio whose elegiac writing is interrupted by urgent violin outbursts. Beethoven’s tenth and final violin sonata of 1812 was for the French violinist Pierre Rode. Piano and violin are in close conversation for the Allegro moderato, before a hymn-like Adagio that would have been a perfect fit for Rodes’s renowned quiet poise. A brief Scherzo follows; then a variation-form Finale.

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