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!