Symphonic Selections: Violin Sonata No. 5

Symphonic Selections

For some reason or another, I didn’t really listen to music this month. Part it was because I was too busy with spring break week at work, and the other part was because I grew sick with a bad cold that turned into a chest cold. Then I had other things to focus on such as meeting friends, reading on my Kindle, and keeping up with another work project. Needless to say, I haven’t been in a music listening mood, so I was kind of stumped on what to choose for this month’s Symphonic Selections. I thought about featuring a spring-like song because it is springtime up here in the Northern Hemisphere, but I didn’t want to feature Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Instead, I remembered another spring-like classical piece I could feature, a violin sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven!

This is a violin sonata with a piano accompaniment. I first heard this piece in Nodame Cantabile. One of my favourite characters, Mine Ryutaro, performs this on the violin with Nodame and Chiaki playing the piano part. This is one of the many songs I remember vividly from the series. This is a light, bouncy piece and I envision a large colourful, flower-covered meadow, with many new baby animals frolicking around. The violin part is more energetic to me, and the piano acts like a steady companion, but both complement each other well. The version I shared above is performed by Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and it’s a wonderful recording by two great maestros.

Anyway, I hope you like this beautiful duet! Let me know what you think and if you’ve seen/read Nodame Cantabile!


  1. Oh man, I can’t believe how busy you can be during spring break! At least you had other leisure activities to do :). I how classical the music feels when you’re listening. I feel like I’m at some fancy restaurant eating some expensive food XD. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s true!

    • LOL Yes, I think of fancy restaurants and expensive food with classical music, too. And powdery wigs . . . XD

  2. Chantelle on

    This is a favorite of mine. ^^ I love violins. It also makes me miss the drama (K-version) of Nodame.

    • Aw, yeah! I’m glad you like it! :D And there’s a K-drama version of it?! I must have somehow missed that little titbit!

  3. This made me feel like I was eating and having a fine dinner date. <3

  4. This past month has been crazy for you! I’m glad that you are feeling better and are now past your cold! (Also, I can’t believe how many books you have read so far this year. You are insane!! I am jealous haha!)

    What a beautiful duet. Listening to classical music really relaxes me, so as a result I often fall asleep if I listen to long. Not because it’s boring, etc, just because it’s so peaceful and calming.

    • Ahahah ^^;; Yeah, I can read a lot if I wish. I binge-read a lot, and a good chunk of the books I read are YA, so they’re easy reads XD;;;

      And yay! Classical music is great for relaxation, especially if you listen to pieces that are comforting and calming ^^

  5. Oooh I do like this song. I’ve heard of Nodame Cantabile and have seen a bit of it in the background when my sister was watching it.

    I don’t think I ever really sit and just listen to music. It’s usually when I’m driving or studying. ^^;; Well, hopefully you have more time next month!

  6. Haha I actually did learn a lot about classical music after I watched the Nodame Cantabile drama.

    • I knew quite a bit, but Nodame Cantabile introduced me to several great pieces, so I’m glad I watched it!

  7. What a lovely piece! I’ve never heard this before – it’s so lively and full of bounce and flourish! It’s made me feel very awake, which is unusual for a piece of classical music. I prefer the violin part to the piano, sometimes the piano got a bit too overpowering for me, but I still loved it! I think I’ll be listening to it on the way to work next week to get a spring in my step.

    • Yay!!! I’m thrilled you like this piece and plans to add this to your playlist :D It’s definitely peppy! ^^

  8. I hope that you are feeling better. *hugs*

    The music is so lovely and I can certainly see what you mean about animals frolicking around and clouds rolling. :D

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