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Lara St John, Matt Herskowitz

Key of A

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1 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 Op. 47 - Kreutzer / Adagio Sostenuto - Presto  
2 Andante con Variazioni  
3 Presto  
4 Cesar Franck: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano / Allegretto con moderato  
5 Allegro  
6 Ben moderato, Recitativo-Fantasia  
7 Allegretto poco mosso  
8 Fritz Kreisler: Schon Rosmarin  
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Violinist Lara St. John will release her new album Key of A with pianist Matt Herskowitz on April 17, 2020. The album pairs Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, "Kreutzer" in A Major with Cesar Franck's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, and also includes Fritz Kreisler's Schön Rosmarin.

Says Lara St. John about the program: "I'm a bit of a strange violinist, and when I was a kid, supposed to be learning all these normal works that folks do, instead I was learning Bartok solo sonata and Debussy, and Beethoven Concerto and 10th Sonata, and I just sort of missed some of these more ‘normal' pieces. I learned both of these sonatas rather late in life - in my late 20s. When I first asked Matt to do the Franck, which we have been playing together now for many years, I had performed it once or twice before, but had never been entirely free of normal pianists' ideas of 'tradition', which I found hobbling and somewhat nonsensical. As for the Beethoven 9 (Kreutzer), I had been waiting for a pianist who would be able to keep up with the extremes I envisioned for this piece, tempo and volume-wise. Obviously, old Ludwig wanted the pianist to improvise, which is what Matt does in the piano cadenzas."

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