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It’s a passionate and sweepingly epic work, but there’s also drama off stage in what is arguably Beethoven’s most loved and performed violin sonata.

Known as The Kreutzer for its dedication to the violinist Rudolphe Kreutzer, lost in history is its original dedication to George Bridgetower, a far more accomplished violinist of West Indian descent and something of a kindred spirit to Beethoven. Bridgetower performed with the composer at the Sonata's premiere but they fell out spectacularly and his name was removed from the dedication.

But in this corner of the world he is not forgotten. In collaboration with Belvoir Theatre, and with a script by Anna Goldsworthy and Shakthidharan, soloist Richard Tognetti seeks to restore Bridgetower’s rightful place in history.

It's no wonder such an intensely romantic piece not only inspired a fevered Tolstoy short story, but stirred Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata in response.

 

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Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Janáček
    (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
    Beethoven
    (arr. Tognetti) Violin Sonata in A major 'Kreutzer'
  • Richard Tognetti
    Director and Violin
    Anna Goldsworthy
    Writer
    Shakthidharan
    Writer

    Australian Chamber Orchestra