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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 3 & 9 - Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano); Viktoria Mullova (violin)
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  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3
  2. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47
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Unlike the sonatas for cello and piano, to which Beethoven turned during all three of his commonly recognized style periods, the sonatas for violin and piano were confined to the earlier portion of his career. Nevertheless, Beethoven continued to advance the equality of the two instruments that Mozart had begun, giving an increasingly independent role to both instruments and increasing the virtuosity of the part-writing. This Onyx album features the early Op. 12/3 Sonata, as well as the perennially respected Op. 47 ...