Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes including introduction and interval
An illustrated introduction to Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata
By BBC Radio 3 Broadcaster, Dr Katy Hamilton
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat major, Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’
Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov tackles Beethoven’s great ‘Hammerklavier’ sonata in this afternoon concert. A child prodigy, Andrei gave his first professional recital at the age of eight, and won many competitions in Moscow before moving to London in 2008. His playing has been described as “honest and sincere, with an emotional maturity beyond his years”.
The peak of Beethoven’s Sonata output, the ‘Hammerklavier’ is considered among the greatest sonatas of all time. The scale, density of thought and technical requirements are greater than in any of the composer’s other sonatas. Considered impossible to play when it was first published in 1819 it opens with the percussive sounds that gave the work its title. The great, melancholic slow movement leads into an astonishing finale, a three-part fugue of bewildering complexity. Preceding the sonata, the Fantasy Op. 77 is said to have begun life as an improvisation played by Beethoven during the famous marathon concert in Vienna in 1808, and paints a vivid picture of what it would have been like to hear the composer’s genius at first-hand.
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