When Tolstoy said there was “something nasty in The Kreutzer Sonata" he was not referring to Beethoven’s music but to his own deeply problematic novella of the same name. The giant of literature was slightly troubled about aligning himself with the tale’s narrator: a uxoricidal psychopath, unhinged by sexual disgust and misogyny.
Sofiya Tolstaya was deeply disturbed by her husband’s book, recognising both the dark self-portrait and the unjust travesty of herself that it contained. In recent years her own counter-novella, Who’s Fault?, has come to light, and in this fascinating recitation/recital, a new version of the story from the perspective of the murdered woman is drawn from both texts.
As writer and presenter, few would be more apt than Anna Goldsworthy, whose elegantly styled fiction and non-fiction traverses both music and gender issues with equal clarity.
But, of course, the field narrows to one because Anna is also a nimble-fingered exponent of the one thing that appalled Tolstoy more than sex: music, “that most refined lust of the senses”. At the piano she will be joined, in the incomparable sonata, by distinguished ex-Brodsky Quartet violinist, and BBC and Sydney Symphony Concert Master, Andrew Haveron.
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Andrew Haveron, violin
Anna Goldsworthy, piano and monologue
Image Andrew Beveridge
Presented in partnership with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at The University of Adelaide.
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About Anna Goldsworthy & Andrew Haveron
Anna Goldsworthy is an award-winning pianist and writer, and a festival director. She is an Associate Professor at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, and Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. As a pianist, Anna performs extensively throughout Australia and internationally. An accomplished chamber musician, Anna is a founding member of Seraphim Trio. In 2019, Seraphim released the ARIA-award-winning CD Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, with Paul Kelly, James Ledger, and Alice Keath, alongside the ambitious CD set Trio Through Time for the ABC, tracing the development of the piano trio from Mozart and Haydn until today. As a writer, Anna was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards for her debut memoir, Piano Lessons, released in Australia, North America, Germany, Korea and Vietnam, detailing her formative education with pedagogue Eleonora Sivan. Her most recent book, the novel Melting Moments, was released in 2020 to wide acclaim, and has been shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. In 2021, Anna is also Artist and Writer in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Artistic Director of the Coriole Music Festival.
Andrew Haveron has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation, enjoying accolades as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. In 1999 Andrew was appointed leader of the Brodsky Quartet. A busy schedule saw the quartet perform and broadcast in its unique style all over the world. Andrew has appeared with numerous groups such as the Nash and Hebrides ensembles, Kathy Selby and Friends, the Verbruggen Ensemble, the Sydney Soloists and Ensemble Q. He has appeared in recitals around Australia with the pianists Piers Lane, Simon Tedeschi and Anna Goldsworthy. He has held positions as concertmaster and director with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and, since 2014, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Andrew has also worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He can be heard on many film and computer game soundtracks including Disney’s Fantasia game. In 2004 Andrew received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to music. He plays on a G.B. Guadagnini violin from 1757, a generous loan to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.