Friends of Blackheath Halls Recital

Agata Daraskaite violin & James Cheung piano

MON 14 DEC 12pm | Great Hall

Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano op. 47 in A major, “Kreutzer”

Composed in 1917, the Sonata for Violin and Piano was Debussy's last completed work.

The first performance took place in Paris on May 5, 1917, with the composer accompanying Gaston Poulet, as part of a fundraising concert for French soldiers.

“The opening is so dreamy and full of promise. It’s so personal but you need a wonderful touch. Most of us spend a lifetime learning that.” Anne-Sophie Mutter

Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata has exerted a hold over audiences ever since it was written in 1803 for performance by the young virtuoso George Bridgetower. When it was published two years later Beethoven dedicated it to the French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, who declared it unplayable and never performed it.

It subsequently became the inspiration for the novella of the same name by Leo Tolstoy and Janacek’s String Quartet No.1,“Kreutzer Sonata”, written at a time when the composer’s personal life was in some turmoil.

Agata Daraskaite is a Lithuanian-Polish violinist who moved to England when she was 14. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with distinction and two special prizes. As a member of the Kremerate Baltica Chamber Orchestra Agata has toured Europe, the Middle and Far East, and South and North America.

James Cheung studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Moscow Conservatoire. He has performed at Wigmore Hall and appeared throughout the UK with sopranos Raphaela Papadakis and Alison Rose, and performs regularly in recitals with singers including Ian Bostridge, Joan Rodgers, Elizabeth Watts, Ruby Hughes, Marcus Farnsworth and Katherine Broderick.

Running time: approx. 70 mins no interval
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