Beethoven’s Violin

On this CD, Susanna Ogata and Ian Watson join forces to record the first volume of the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven.

This project will be comprised of four volumes. On Volume 1, we get the following selections: Beethoven:

Performed by Susanna Ogata (violin) and Ian Watson (fortepiano)

The first CD features Beethoven’s Fourth Sonata, Op. 23 in A minor, as well as the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, his ninth, Op. 47 in A major – a blazing landmark in violin virtuosity.

Beethoven’s music pushed the existing musical forms and the performing instruments to their absolute limit. Using period instruments for which the music was originally written, Watson and Ogata reveal not only the clarity of Beethoven’s extraordinary musical structure, but also an amazing palette of colors.

Here are Susanna Ogata, Violin, and Ian Watson, Fortepiano, in a section of Beethoven’s Kreutzer sonata: