Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti and pianist Klára Würtz, performing Beethoven’s sonatas over two evenings, created a distinct familiarity with the music, the audience, and the art as the conclusion to Da Camera of Houston’s Menil Collection season. Following a night of Sonata No. 8, No. 2, and No. 9, the duo concluded with a concert of Sonata no. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12, the famed “Spring” sonata in F Major, Op. 24, and finally the Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96.
I’ll never forget the first time I performed the Spring Sonata with Chad Spears, pianist extraordinaire, who taught me the importance of chamber phrasing. Read my review at Bachtrack.