Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes including interval
Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1
Piano Sonata No.6 in F major, Op.10 No.2
Piano Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2
Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 ‘Waldstein’
12pm: Introduction to the Beethoven Piano Sonatas Series
Dr Jonathan James & Emmanuel Despax
Djanogly Recital Hall
Post-concert Q&A with Ji Liu
5 minutes after the performance
Opening our Festival, the prodigiously talented and popular pianist Ji Liu makes a welcome return to Nottingham. Since moving from China to London in 2007, he’s won an array of awards and prizes and released four chart-topping albums. His rapport with audiences and his virtuoso technique ensure a thrilling start to the Festival.
Ji’s programme begins with three of Beethoven’s earliest piano sonatas. Dedicated to Haydn and with echoes of Mozart, Sonatas 1 and 2 display all the traits of the young Beethoven in abundance, with strong dynamic contrasts, lyrical themes and virtuoso passages bristling with energy. The humorous and quirky nature of Sonata No. 6 is clearly heard in the opening notes of this masterful, yet underestimated work. Composed immediately after the Eroica Symphony in 1803, the revolutionary ‘Waldstein’ sonata is among the most dazzlingly brilliant of all Beethoven’s middle-period works. Symphonic in conception and scale, it stretches the Sonata to the limits of possibility, exploiting the full range of keyboard effects, ending with a series of trills and triumphant fanfares.
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; those in receipt of Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit. £5 tickets are available for those under 16 years of age, in Further and Higher Education, UoN Students and Go Card holders. Due to limited capacity, for Festival performances in the Djanogly Recital Hall these tickets are limited to 20 per concert until two hours 30 minutes prior to the event start time. A free ticket for a personal assistant (PA) is available for any deaf for disabled person who has purchased Festival tickets for either venue. However, for Royal Concert Hall performances, bookers will be required to join Theatre Royal Concert Hall’s Access Requirement Register.