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Savannah Music Festival Special: Beethoven Violin Sonatas

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Airs Friday, January 1, at 12 noon. Beethoven is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest and most dynamic keyboard virtuosos of his time but Beethoven also took a great interest in the violin, composing ten sonatas for violin and piano. These enduring works have influenced generations of performers and composers and they remain as profound today as when they were premiered in the 19th century. On this edition of the Savannah music festival we take a concert from the spring of 2011 when the festival showcased the complete cycle of sonatas by Beethoven. During this hour we'll hear the Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, op. 24 composed in 1801 with violinist Lorenza Borrani and Pianist Sebastian Knauer. Then we'll hear the Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, op. 47 (Kreutzer) composed in 1803 with violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Sebastian Knauer.

In the second part we'll hear violinist Benny Kim along with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips in Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 1 in D, Op. 12. Then we'll hear violinist LorenzaBorrani along with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips in Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, op 12, and we'll close the concert with Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 4 in a, Op 23 with violinist Benny Kim along with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips.