Tickets will be available at the door!
The Complete Violin and Fortepiano Sonatas on Original Instruments
with world-renowned guest artists
ELIZABETH WALLFISCH, violin
Royal Academy of Music, London,
DAVID BREITMAN, fortepiano
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Schiro Program Room, MLK Library, downtown San José
150 E. San Fernando St. , San Jose CA 95112
Final concert: January 23, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Individual tickets: $25 (SJSU students $15)
In order to create a true chamber music setting, seating is limited to 60.
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CONCERT 1: Saturday, January 18, 2:00 p.m.
Sonata in D Major, Opus 12, no 1; Sonata in C Minor, Opus 30, no. 2
Sonata in G Major, Opus 30, no. 3; Sonata in F Major, Opus 24 ("Spring")
Read the review in San Francisco Classical Voice
CONCERT 2: Sunday, January 19, 2:00 p.m.
Sonata in A Major, Opus 30, no. 1; Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 12, no. 3
Sonata in A Major, Opus 47 ("Kreutzer")
CONCERT 3: Thursday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.
Sonata in A Major, Opus 12, no. 2; Sonata in A Minor, Opus 23
Sonata in G Major, Opus 96
Elizabeth Wallfisch on the cycle of the Beethoven sonatas:
“The ten sonatas for violin and piano form a wonderful group. The first three, published in 1798 as op. 12, are brilliant examples of Beethoven's first maturity. The next six show the full range of the composer's middle period, from the dramatic world of the Fifth Symphony (C minor sonata, op 30 no 2 and the Kreutzer, opus 47), to the sunny, humorous one of the Pastoral (Spring sonata, A major op. 30 no. 3). And the last Sonata op. 96, is an example of Beethoven's late style, with its concentrated expression and original forms-not as radical as the late quartets, but filled with the same radiance. A beauty unparalleled! We simply love these works with a passion. you can't help falling in love with the music, being moved by its tenderness and whole-hearted openness. They are a window into Beethoven ...”
Elizabeth Wallfisch (www.elizabethwallfisch.com)
Elizabeth Wallfisch is an internationally-praised concert violinist who performs on both original and modern instruments. She directs chamber orchestras worldwide from the violin, and is a professor of Baroque, Classical, and modern violin. She has given masterclasses all over the world and directs the Wallfisch Band. She is also a member of the renowned Oberlin Fortepiano Trio. She has made dozens of recordings, including the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. (See Amazon for a partial listing.) Concerning her teaching, Wallfisch remarks, “In 1990, I was on the staff at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as Baroque Violin professor, specializing in the ‘art and craft’ of playing ‘historical’ instruments. This was my first ‘toe in the water’ of teaching that what to me was a relatively new, and very complex thing, the ‘baroque’ violin. Shortly after, I was invited to take the same position at the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Den Haag, the Netherlands, on ‘Baroque Violin,’ where I remained for 15 years. I am now once more very happy to be affiliated with the Royal Academy of Music in London.”
David Breitman is equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, and enjoys both solo and ensemble playing. Recent seasons have included Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto and Choral Fantasy on both historical and modern pianos, and several performances at the renowned Cobbe Collection of historical instruments outside of London. His collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan spans more than thirty years with several hundred recitals and four CDs, ranging from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin to the premiere recording of The Glass Hammer, a major song cycle by the Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin. He has recorded the Mozart piano-violin sonatas on historical instruments with Jean-François Rivest for Analekta, and, in a collaboration of a different sort, he is one of seven fortepianists on the 10-CD recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle on CLAVES.