Online Event: Joanna Macgregor | Beethoven Day : Concert 3


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 27 in E minor, Op 90 (1814)
Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110 (1821)
Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op 111 (1822)

The final recital on Beethoven Day opens with the charming and lyrical Op 90 sonata, the composer’s first sonata for five years and dedicated to his friend and patron, Moritz Count von Lichnowsky. The Op 110 sonata which follows, one of the last group of three that the composer wrote, has been described by pianist Jonathan Biss as moving ‘from the absolute depths of despair to utter euphoria…devastating and life-affirming in equal measure.’ The recital, and the Day itself, ends with one of the greatest piano sonatas ever written. Profound and unsettling, its two-movement format was sufficiently unorthodox that Beethoven’s publisher enquired if the copyist had inadvertently overlooked the finale. Describing the second and final movement of the work music writer and pianist Charles Rosen declared ‘[it] succeeds as almost no other work in suspending the passage of time at its climax…’.

BEETHOVEN DAY TICKET OFFER: Buy for all three concerts and save £1 on each ticket! 

Book for Livestream 1, 2pm

Book for Livestream 2, 5pm

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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