Approx. 2 hours including interval
Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat major, Op.27 No.1 ‘Quasi una fantasia’
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’
Diabelli Variations Op.120
6.30pm: Pre-concert talk by Dr Jonathan James
Trauma and triumph - the ‘Heroic’ chapter
Royal Concert Hall, Level 4 Foyer
Multi-award-winning pianist, Paul Lewis CBE, has built an unassailable reputation as a performer of Beethoven. He was the first to perform a complete cycle of the composer’s concertos in a single BBC Proms season and his recordings of the Piano Sonatas have achieved benchmark status. This concert offers the opportunity to experience his artistry in some of Beethoven’s most iconic music.
The 13th and 14th Sonatas, composed as a pair between 1800 and 1801, are united by their fantasia-like spirit but divided by their relative fame. The ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, which earned its nickname because its opening rippling motion evoked moonlight shimmering on Lake Lucerne, remains one of the best-loved of Beethoven’s output. The 13th is far less familiar but actually more radical. With inverted movements, played without a break, it’s a free-flowing, often playful departure from the norm that revels in contrastive effects. An unassuming waltz by an Austrian music publisher was the inspiration for Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli Variations, arguably the greatest such set since Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Written between 1819 and 1823, their stylistic variety and expressive range is utterly unique and led composer Arnold Schoenberg to describe them as the “most adventurous work by Beethoven”.
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.