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Jonathan Biss: Celebrating Beethoven Part 1

Nov 05

Performance Dates

  • Tue Nov 05 2019 7:30 PM


Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, we present a selection of his piano sonatas with acclaimed pianist and Beethoven expert Jonathan Biss. In addition to having embarked on a nine-year project to record all 32 of the composer’s piano sonatas, he created Coursera’s popular open online course, Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. In the first of two programs, Biss showcases the remarkable variety of expression in these works as he focuses on the dramatic Opus 7 with its tremendous confidence and optimism; the “Tempest” full of mystery and ambiguity; and the “Appassionata,” a furious, remorseless descent into darkness.

Biss unreels the music like a prayer to the universe.


PROGRAM | Piano Sonatas Part I 

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7 “Grand Sonata”

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 "Tempest"

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"