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Beethoven 250: Martin Roscoe

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

One of the most broadcast pianists on BBC Radio, Martin Roscoe is an audience favourite across the UK and a prolific recording artist. This concert includes two of the best-loved piano works in Beethoven’s output, and two less familiar Sonatas dating from the end of the 18th Century. Dedicated to Countess Anna Margarete von Browne, the Seventh Sonata was praised by an early critic for its "earnest, manly style” and has Beethoven expanding the length and emotional range of the sonata form.  In the compact Tenth Sonata Beethoven reveals his debt to his mentor, Haydn, setting up and then confounding the listener’s expectations.

The ‘Pathetique’ was the first of Beethoven’s Sonatas to achieve canonical status, its slow, questioning opening marking a radical break from the past. The brooding tension rarely lets up, even during the famously languid and melancholic second movement. Seven years later, Beethoven’s demeanour had darkened further, his rage at personal adversity firing throughout the Twenty-third Sonata. Its warring emotions, reflected in violent, stop-start writing that makes fearsome demands on the performer, led Beethoven’s publisher to give the Sonata its subtitle over thirty years later, although it’s hard to imagine any of its first dumbfounded listeners disagreeing with the sentiment.

Piano Sonata No.7, Op. 10

Piano Sonata No.8, Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’

Piano Sonata No.10, Op. 14

Piano Sonata No.23, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’

Approx. 1 hour 55 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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