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Jonathan Biss: Celebrating Beethoven Part 2

Dec 11

Performance Dates

  • Wed Dec 11 2019 7:30 PM

Venue

Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

In the second part of our Beethoven anniversary celebration with pianist Jonathan Biss, we continue our exploration of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, one of the most important collections in the history of music. This evening features music written over three decades, spanning the beloved “Moonlight” sonata to the other-worldly Opus 109. Recognized as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Beethoven, Biss writes, “Each of these earlier sonatas reveal hidden motives — like compositional Easter eggs. But nothing quite prepares you for the impact of the later work. It suggests an entire emotional universe and, in the way only Beethoven can, conjures the infinite.”

 

PROGRAM | Piano Sonatas Part II 

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78 “À Thérèse”

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109