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Already hailed as one of the violinists of his generation, this young Bedfordshire-born virtuoso launches our celebration of the instrumental sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. With regular friend of Music on Mondays, John Lenehan (who curates our series of the 10 violin and piano sonatas across four dazzling concerts) they open with the composer’s first sonata for violin and piano. Its overt classicism, a debt to his teacher Haydn and a homage to Salieri to whom it is dedicated, it contrasts with the later Op 30 C minor from 1802. By this time Beethoven had begun to explore the Romanticism that marked his departure away from the classical ideals of Haydn and Mozart


The players also present Jonathan Dove’s 2015 tribute to the genius of Beethoven, Ludwig Games, and Debussy’s haunting final sonata from 1917 , evidence of just how developed the form had become in the 100 years or so since Beethoven had begun his essays in the form.


‘...huge musicality, depth of interpretation, and the technical expertise needed to distinguish oneself in the world of professional performance.’

Vienna International Competition 2019


​‘John Lenehan is one of the leading chamber musicians in the world.’ 
Svenska Dagbladet

Cristian De Sa

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in D Op 12 No.1

Jonathan Dove – Ludwig Games

Claude Debussy – Sonata


Ludwig van Beethoven – Rondo WoO 41

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in C minor Op 30 No.2

John Lenehan