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Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Midori, Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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The chamber music partnership of Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, both veteran players, is relatively young, but with this cycle of Beethoven's violin sonatas (the phrase "sonatas for piano and violin" is properly used, as it was in Beethoven's time), they begin to seem like a highly significant pairing. The set stands up well against other recent cycles that strain to find elements of middle-period sonatas in these works, most of which are from the early part of the composer's career. Midori -- with her trademark calm perfection -- and Thibaudet are more placid. In the first sonatas of the group, they are little more than correct, but the set steadily gathers momentum as it proceeds. The Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, is warm and flexible, with a memorable final movement launched by Midori's taking just a little bit of extra time in the opening turn. The coordination of the two players in the Violin Sonata No. 9 in A minor, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer"), is impressive in the most virtuosic of the sonatas. Best of all is the Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96; composed in 1812, this is often classified as a late middle-period work, but in the hands of Midori and Thibaudet, the role played by its feathery ornaments creates an ecstasy more akin to the composer's late style. It is a wonderful performance, ably captured by Warner Classics engineers at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1: I. Allegro con brio
00:08:50

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1: II.Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto)
00:01:22

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1: II.Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto) - Variation I
00:01:22

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1: II.Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto) - Variation II
00:01:23

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1: II.Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto) - Variation III
00:01:15

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1: II.Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto) - Variation IV
00:02:15

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1: III. Rondo (Allegro)
00:04:46

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2: I. Allegro vivace
00:06:16

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2: II. Andante più tosto Allegretto
00:05:43

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2: III. Allegro piacevole
00:04:59

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

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11
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
00:08:15

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3: II. Adagio con molt'espressione
00:07:15

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3: III. Rondo (Allegro molto)
00:04:10

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23: I. Presto
00:07:00

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23: II. Andante scherzoso, più Allegretto
00:08:11

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro molto
00:05:12

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring" No. 1: I. Allegro
00:09:50

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring" No. 1: II. Adagio molto espressivo
00:06:15

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

19
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring" No. 1: III. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
00:01:09

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

20
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring" No. 1: IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
00:06:35

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

21
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: I. Allegro
00:07:26

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

22
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: II. Adagio molto espressivo
00:08:21

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

23
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni
00:00:46

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

24
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni - Variation I
00:00:42

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

25
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni - Variation II
00:00:48

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

26
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni - Variation III
00:00:46

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

27
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni - Variation IV
00:00:59

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

28
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni - Variation V
00:01:41

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

29
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1: III. Allegretto con variazioni - Variation VI
00:02:06

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

30
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2: I. Allegro con brio
00:07:40

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

31
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile
00:10:15

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

32
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2: III. Scherzo (Allegro)
00:03:15

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

33
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2: IV. Finale (Allegro)
00:05:09

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

34
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3: I. Allegro assai
00:06:28

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

35
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3: II. Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
00:08:25

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

36
Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3: III. Allegro vivace
00:03:34

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

37
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer": I. Adagio sostenuto
00:14:03

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

38
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer": II. Andante con variazioni
00:02:24

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

39
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer": II. Andante con variazioni - Variation I
00:02:08

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

40
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer": II. Andante con variazioni - Variation II
00:01:58

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

41
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer": II. Andante con variazioni - Variation III
00:02:49

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

42
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer": II. Andante con variazioni - Variation IV
00:05:55

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

43
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer": III. Presto
00:08:19

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

44
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96, No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
00:10:30

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

45
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96, No. 1: II. Adagio espressivo
00:06:58

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

46
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96, No. 1: III. Scherzo (Allegro)
00:02:02

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

47
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96, No. 1: IV. Poco allegretto
00:08:45

Midori, Violin, MainArtist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Music Group Company, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

Album review

The chamber music partnership of Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, both veteran players, is relatively young, but with this cycle of Beethoven's violin sonatas (the phrase "sonatas for piano and violin" is properly used, as it was in Beethoven's time), they begin to seem like a highly significant pairing. The set stands up well against other recent cycles that strain to find elements of middle-period sonatas in these works, most of which are from the early part of the composer's career. Midori -- with her trademark calm perfection -- and Thibaudet are more placid. In the first sonatas of the group, they are little more than correct, but the set steadily gathers momentum as it proceeds. The Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, is warm and flexible, with a memorable final movement launched by Midori's taking just a little bit of extra time in the opening turn. The coordination of the two players in the Violin Sonata No. 9 in A minor, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer"), is impressive in the most virtuosic of the sonatas. Best of all is the Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96; composed in 1812, this is often classified as a late middle-period work, but in the hands of Midori and Thibaudet, the role played by its feathery ornaments creates an ecstasy more akin to the composer's late style. It is a wonderful performance, ably captured by Warner Classics engineers at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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