Beethoven 250: Charles Owen
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest British pianists of his generation”, Charles Owen has forged an extensive international solo career and as half of a successful piano duo with Katya Apekisheva. Charles’s programme spans the earliest published set of Bagatelles to one of his late period Sonatas.
Beethoven wrote Bagatelles, short ‘trifles’, throughout his life and the Op.33 set of seven are charming examples of his early classical style. Sonata No.4 also dates from this ‘early period’ however, it is second only to the late period ‘Hammerklavier’ in duration and its virtuosity, grandeur and emotional breadth marks a turning point. Sonata No. 27 is gentle and unhurried with just two movements, subtitled by Beethoven ‘For the Head’ and ‘For the Heart’. The next Sonata, however, marks the beginning of Beethoven's final period, with more wide-ranging ideas and a more introspective mood. Described by Beethoven as "a series of impressions and reveries" and ending with a brilliant fugue, it is one of his undisputed masterpieces.
Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat major, Op.7
Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90
Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
Approx. 1 hour 55 minutes including interval
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