It was during a time of tormented courtship that Schumann’s compositions had become more experimental and complex. His Kreisleriana was a product of this fertile, fraught period. The music swings violently and suddenly between agitation and lyrical calm, dread and elation. Romances were one of Clara Schumann’s favourite compositional forms, which is perhaps why this particular work is so effective – the three contrasting movements bursting with character. Franck’s lone Sonata in A Major remains his best-known chamber work. From its expansive opening to the famous finale, the music flows with melodic fluency and effortless poise.
Benjamin Grosvenor appears courtesy of Decca Classics.
The concert livestream will be accessible behind a paywall as an embedded Vimeo video stream. It is best to watch through an up-to-date browser (we recommend Google Chrome on a PC and Safari on an Apple device). You can then connect to your TV or HIFI via a cable connection. An Amazon Firestick is also compatible using the Amazon Silk browser direct on a TV as well as most default browsers on SMART TVs.
The concert will be available to view on demand for 30 days after the orginal performance until 7.30pm (GMT) on Friday 9 April 2021.
Works and composers
Sonata in A Major