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Beethoven 250: Cordelia Williams

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Since winning the Piano Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006, Cordelia Williams has been acclaimed for the poetry, conviction and inner strength of her playing, and is particularly drawn to the music of late Classical and early Romantic composers. This programme explores the development of Beethoven’s writing for the piano, from his early period and the beginning of his struggles with hearing loss to his last published piano piece.

Sonata No. 17, ‘The Tempest’, reflects Beethoven’s battle to fulfil his creative destiny in the face of his encroaching deafness. The storm is heard in the work’s opening, where two contrasting ideas fight for dominance. In a lighter vein, the graceful sonata No. 18, known as ‘The Hunt’ features a brilliant Scherzo harking back to Haydn. The earliest of the three sonatas here is named the ‘Funeral March’ for its slow movement, considered a forerunner of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony. The six Bagatelles Op. 126, have a unifying thread running through seemingly disparate sections, which are all brought together in the final gruff presto - an appropriate way for Beethoven to bow out as a composer of piano music.

Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’

Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat major, Op.31 No.3 ‘The Hunt’

Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat major, Op.26 ‘Marche Funebre’

Bagatelles Op.126

Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes including interval

Please note: the standard concessionary ticket price for this and other concerts in the Festival is £4 off the cost of a full price ticket. Concessions are available to:

  • People with a disability
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