Two young musicians unite for two sumptuous Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano! These two musicians are David Fray and Valeriy Sokolov. The first is a native of Southern France, the second comes from the Ukraine, and their concert takes place among the tops of the Swiss Alps during the 2009 Verbier Festival!
The video recording of this recital allows us, too, as listeners and spectators, to attain new musical heights. The harmony and complicity between the pianist and violinist are more than superficial: eye contact, mutual attentiveness, supporting one another note after note… Watching these musicians is a true pleasure.
Is it even necessary to call attention to the universality of Beethoven's compositions? Or to make explicit the inherent qualities of the two interpreters? The legato of Valeriy Sokolov, a technique which involves connecting each note without any perceptible transitions, (his "right hand") is exceptional and responds to the precise touch of David Fray. The latter manages to bring out each timbre and color of the score with subtlety. All of Beethoven can be found in the sixth sonata: formal rigor, lyricism, playful contrasts and chiaroscuro, humor… And emotion of course.
There is also a little gem between the two sonatas: David Fray et Valeriy Sokolv play Bach's Sonata for violin and harpsichord No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017. The intense lyricism of the slow movement "Sicilian" echoes curiously with other music, and one does not feel too far, ultimately, from the pre-romanticism of Beethoven's writing.
Concerto in C major, K503
Concerto in E flat major, K482