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Beethoven: 'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol 3'

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: 'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol 3'

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Beethoven

'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol 3'

Three Sonatas, Op 30

Susanna Ogata vn Ian Watson fp

Coro Connections (F) COR16154 (70' * DDD)

'Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin' declares the cover of this latest release in Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata's cycle of what some people still call the Beethoven violin sonatas. Quite right too--not merely because they're performed on period instruments but because it's a useful corrective to the idea that one instrument is necessarily dominant in these works by the 31-year-old Beethoven. They're a partnership; and that, happily, is exactly what you get in these joyous interpretations.

A thoroughly appealing one, too, with Ogata audibly playing off the colours that Watson draws from his instrument, and he in turn complementing her clear, sunlit sound. Duncan Druce, reviewing an earlier release in this cycle, found Watson's playing over-emphatic, and I take his point: there are individual chords and gestures where Watson almost bursts the bounds of early 19th-century style. …

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