Online Event: Joanna Macgregor | Beethoven Day: Concert 2


Join distinguished British pianist Joanna MacGregor as she takes us on a journey through the music of Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year. Across three livestreamed recitals direct from Turner Sims, Joanna presents a personal selection of nine of the composer’s defining set of 32 piano sonatas. From the bold early Sonata No 3 dedicated to his teacher Haydn, to the ever-popular Moonlight, and concluding with the monumental and technically challenging final sonata, which Beethoven described as ‘not very difficult’, the day spans three decades of the composer’s life and through music of great power, intimacy, and vision.

Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2 Moonlight (1801)
Sonata No 18 in E flat, Op 31 No 3 The Hunt (1802)
Sonata No 23 in F minor, Op 57 Appassionata (1805)

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Very popular in Beethoven’s lifetime, (much to his annoyance as he preferred other works) the Moonlight has remained so to this day, and has provided inspiration to artists from John Lennon and singer Alicia Keys to makers of video game soundtracks. Its title, added after Beethoven’s death, comes from the German poet Ludwig Rellstab’s observation that the first movement made him think of “a vision of a boat on Lake Lucerne by moonlight.” In contrast to Beethoven’s opinion on the Moonlight he regarded the Appassionata sonata as his greatest. A mammoth work, with the keyboard at times sounding almost orchestral, it is demanding for both performer and instrument. Between these two sonatas the lyrical Hunt sonata offers what one writer described as ‘something of the best of two worlds – the new and the old – of music’. It is the last of the 32 sonatas to feature a minuet, a staple of eighteenth century compositions, evidence of Beethoven’s continual reshaping of music forms.

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Book for Livestream 1, 2pm

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Running time: 1 hour (approx)

You can buy a ticket to enjoy this concert online until midnight, Sunday 20 December

This concert will be available for ticket holders to view until Monday 21 December, 9am

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