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Beethoven 250: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 May
Royal Concert Hall and Lakeside Arts

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In response to the Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent closure of both the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall and Lakeside Arts until further notice, we have reluctantly had to cancel the Beethoven 250 Pianos Sonatas series from 14 to 17 May. We're really sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience this will cause. If it's possible to reschedule this series in the future we will, of course, let you know.

For more information regarding ticket refunds and event postponements for each venue, please visit: 
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Information Regarding Coronavirus webpage
Lakeside Arts Postponement of Programme webpage
 


The greatest musical revolutionary of his time, Beethoven rewrote the rule book for successive generations of musicians. His achievements as a composer of orchestral music were matched by his works for solo piano, which reflected not only his Romantic, defiant impulse, but also his supreme artistry as a performer. In his day, Beethoven was renowned as one of the greatest pianists ever to have lived, both a formidable technician and brilliant improviser.

Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas represent arguably the most significant single corpus of work for piano in the repertoire, and demonstrate his development as an artist from the early Classical works inspired by Haydn and Mozart to the ferociously demanding ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata of 1818 and the enigmatic and exploratory final three sonatas of 1820-1822.

In the year of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, and for the first time in Nottingham, all 32 of his piano sonatas will be performed in ten concerts over four days, at the Royal Concert Hall and Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts. Featuring a line-up of leading international artists, the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas will also include a series of illustrative talks, discussions and fringe performances.

4 Days  |  5 Fringe Events  |  10 Concerts  |  32 Sonatas

Beethoven 250: Ji Liu
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Beethoven 250: Ji Liu

Thursday 14 May
Djanogly Recital Hall

Opening our Festival, the prodigiously talented pianist Ji Liu makes a welcome return to Nottingham.

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Convention of Unconventional Keyboard Instruments
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Convention of Unconventional Keyboard Instruments

Thursday 14 May
Djanogly Theatre

This quirky and entertaining concert features music by living composers.

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Beethoven 250: Alessandro Taverna
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Beethoven 250: Alessandro Taverna

Thursday 14 May
Djanogly Recital Hall

Alessandro Taverna's ability to deliver any repertoire with a deft touch makes him a compelling recitalist.

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Beethoven 250: Cordelia Williams
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Beethoven 250: Cordelia Williams

Friday 15 May
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Rising star British pianist Cordelia Williams explores the development of Beethoven’s piano writing from his early period to his last published piano piece.

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Beethoven's Bereavement: Brilliance Afflicted with Hearing Loss
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Beethoven's Bereavement: Brilliance Afflicted with Hearing Loss

Friday 15 May
Level 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall

Yasmin Ali and Professor Deborah Hall discuss the impact of hearing loss on the perception of music.

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Beethoven 250: Martin Roscoe
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Beethoven 250: Martin Roscoe

Friday 15 May
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Prolific artist Martin Roscoe performs Beethoven’s famous sonatas, the “Appassionata” and the “Pathétique”, and two rarer gems from the end of the 18th Century.

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Beethoven 250: Ingrid Jacoby
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Beethoven 250: Ingrid Jacoby

Saturday 16 May
Djanogly Recital Hall

Jacoby is descended from Prince Louis Ferdinand to whom Beethoven dedicated his Third Piano Concerto.

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Building a Library: Beethoven's 'Waldstein' Sonata
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Building a Library: Beethoven's 'Waldstein' Sonata

Saturday 16 May
Performing Arts Studio

Dr Katy Hamilton leads this guide to the best available recordings of Beethoven’s ‘Waldstein’ Sonata.

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Beethoven 250: Katya Apekisheva
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Beethoven 250: Katya Apekisheva

Saturday 16 May
Djanogly Recital Hall

Katya Apekisheva is described as a ‘profoundly gifted artist’ by Gramophone magazine.

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How to Play Beethoven: Piano Masterclass with Ingrid Jacoby
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How to Play Beethoven: Piano Masterclass with Ingrid Jacoby

Saturday 16 May
Level 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall

Ingrid Jacoby observes two outstanding young pianists as they take on two Beethoven sonatas.

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Beethoven 250: Paul Lewis
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Beethoven 250: Paul Lewis

Saturday 16 May
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Paul Lewis CBE - one of the world’s greatest interpreters of Beethoven - performs Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata and his monumental Diabelli Variations. 

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Inspired by Beethoven: Angels in the Architecture
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Inspired by Beethoven: Angels in the Architecture

Saturday 16 May
Level 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall

Late-night jazz from Angels in the Architecture ensemble inspired by Beethoven’s piano music.

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Beethoven 250: Charles Owen
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Beethoven 250: Charles Owen

Sunday 17 May
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Acclaimed British pianist Charles Owen performs an absorbing programme including the earliest published set of Bagatelles and one of his late period Sonatas.

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Beethoven 250: Andrei Korobeinikov
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Beethoven 250: Andrei Korobeinikov

Sunday 17 May
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Prodigious Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, who gave his first professional recital at the age of eight, tackles Beethoven’s massive ‘Hammerklavier’ sonata.

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Beethoven 250: Emmanuel Despax
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Beethoven 250: Emmanuel Despax

Sunday 17 May
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Our complete piano sonata cycle concludes with Beethoven’s exploratory final three sonatas, performed by our series curator, French pianist Emmanuel Despax.

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BOOKING TICKETS

Tickets can be booked for all concerts and fringe events through the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall and Lakeside Arts box offices or online.

Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall: 0115 989 5555
Lakeside Arts: 0115 846 7777

FESTIVAL MULTIBUY

Book for multiple paid-for concerts across the festival and save between 10% and 20%.*

Book for all 10 concerts: discount of 20%
Book for 6-9 concerts: discount of 15%
Book for 3-5 concerts: discount of 10%

*Final discount determined by the total number of full price tickets booked across multiple concerts in a single transaction. Free and concessionary tickets are not considered when determining the discount. Discount cannot be applied retrospectively.

VIDEOS, BLOGS & PODCASTS

Over the coming months, educator Dr Jonathan James, who speaks and writes on classical music, will be producing an absorbing set of blogs and podcasts exploring the history and practice of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, placing them within the wider context of his life and career.

INTRODUCING BEETHOVEN 250: EMMANUEL DESPAX

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