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Maxim Vengerov teaches Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4

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Maxim Vengerov — Teacher, violinist

Hayle Wolfe — Violinist (Student)

Marisa Gupta — Pianist

Program notes

Maxim Vengerov gives a masterclass on the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata for violin and piano No. 4

A gifted child, Maxim Vengerov gave his first recital at the age of five and won the first prize in the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition at the age of ten. Considered today one of the most accomplished violinists of his time, he does not hesitate to share his talents for the benefit of the education. Indeed, students of the London Royal Academy of Music describe him as a careful professor and a musician as interesting as inspiring.

Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 4 and Violin Sonata No. 5 were highly praised, unlike the three previous ones. A music critic from 1801 described them as "the best ever written by Beethoven, that is to say they are among the best ever written." Beethoven then continued to write 10 sonatas for several years, showing his state of mind as in a diary.

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