Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano in F, ‘Spring’
Strauss: Sonata in Eb for violin and piano
Praised by the Guardian for ‘finely judged detail, expansiveness and lots of heart’, violinist Sophie Rosa joins Martin in two radiant sonatas – the ever-popular ‘Spring’ from Beethoven, and the less frequently heard sonata of Strauss. Strauss is better known for his song and opera writing, and that lyrical voice permeates this magnificent work: written in the year he met his future wife, this is passionate and exuberant music.
A rapt central movement – so immediately popular that Strauss allowed it to be published separately – gives way to cascading virtuosity and glorious, orchestral ardour.
Performers: Sophie Rosa, Martin Roscoe