Renaud Capuçon violin
David Fray piano

Franz Schubert
Violin sonata no. 4 in A major, Op. 162, D. 574

Franz Schubert
Rondò in B minor for violin and piano, Op. 70, D. 895

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin sonata no. 9 in A major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”

Renaud Capuçon and David Fray, prominent soloists on violin and piano respectively, share the common native languages of French and music. Both are highly skilled and intelligent chamber musicians, renowned for their extensive repertoire and for their commitment to fully expressing the power of music well beyond performance. If a wealth of recordings (and, in the case of Fray, an excellent documentary film by Bruno Monsaingeon) bear witness to the art of these two musicians, the programme chosen for the present recital focuses on the close relationship between Schubert and Beethoven: while the former transformed pure virtuosity into a palette of highly emotional feelings, the latter’s Kreutzer Sonata created an incandescent ‘soundtrack’ to Tolstoy’s novella of the same name.