It is Beethoven in his most famous mood, an initially depressive state that is gradually overcome through a spasm of anti-Fate fist-shaking.”
– James Reel, All Music Guide
Our Video of the Week today features Violinist Ji-Won Song and pianist Anton Smirnoff, in a riveting performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in C minor (Op. 30 No. 2) for violin and piano, an unusual four-movement work written in 1803 as Beethoven’s increasing deafness made him at turns defiant and despondent. That journey is reflected in this sonata, which opens with what the LA Phil ‘s John Henken calls a “huge, sprawling, brawling movement.. This is music of violent contrast on all levels, which begins softly and ends in fury.”
And that’s just the first movement! To hear the whole story, click on the video below!