Cancelled: Beethoven & Janacek

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Beethoven & Janacek on Thursday 1 October has been cancelled.

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Event details

It’s not enough that Beethoven’s charged and complex ‘Kreutzer’ is one of the greatest violin sonatas. It also spurred an infamous Leo Tolstoy story of jealousy and murder, and then a “response” to both a century later – both of which are presented here in arrangements by Richard Tognetti. 

Tolstoy’s novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, turns on a man whose damaged attitude to love leads him to suspect his wife is having an affair with a violinist, with whom she is playing Beethoven’s intensely dramatic, and intensely demanding, sonata of the same name. It dives deeply into the idea of a woman “tormented and run down” for her desires. Unsurprising, given Tolstoy was an advocate for less passion and more reason in relationships.

In contrast to this, Janácˇek’s String Quartet No.1, after Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata, is driven by bursts of emotion and strong passions, and resonates with understanding, rather than condemnation, of love. Janácˇek said that in his writing “note after note fell smouldering from my pen”. This is a program full of unleashed passion.

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


Richard Tognetti Director & violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata in A ‘Kreutzer’ (arr. Tognetti)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
String Quartet No.1: II. Andante Cantabile (arr. strings)

Leoš Janáček
String Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (arr. Tognetti)