Master presenter Rob Kapilow explains why Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47, known as the “Kreutzer” sonata, was a milestone in the history of Western music. Kapilow argues that this is the first “radically individual” violin sonata, comparable in importance to other ground-breaking works from Beethoven’s middle period such as the Eroica Symphony.

Pour yourself a drink, find a comfortable seat, and prepare to be astonished.

1. Presentation

Merkin Concert Hall, November 2015

2. Performance

Nurit Pacht, violin ∙ Taisiya Pushkar, piano

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