Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 May
Royal Concert Hall and Lakeside Arts
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.
Thursday 14 MayDjanogly Recital Hall
Opening our Festival, the prodigiously talented pianist Ji Liu makes a welcome return to Nottingham.
Thursday 14 MayDjanogly Theatre
This quirky and entertaining concert features music by living composers.
Alessandro Taverna's ability to deliver any repertoire with a deft touch makes him a compelling recitalist.
Friday 15 MayRoyal 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.
Friday 15 MayLevel 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall
Yasmin Ali and Professor Deborah Hall discuss the impact of hearing loss on the perception of music.
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.
Saturday 16 MayDjanogly Recital Hall
Jacoby is descended from Prince Louis Ferdinand to whom Beethoven dedicated his Third Piano Concerto.
Saturday 16 MayPerforming Arts Studio
Dr Katy Hamilton leads this guide to the best available recordings of Beethoven’s ‘Waldstein’ Sonata.
Katya Apekisheva is described as a ‘profoundly gifted artist’ by Gramophone magazine.
Saturday 16 MayLevel 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall
Ingrid Jacoby observes two outstanding young pianists as they take on two Beethoven sonatas.
Saturday 16 MayRoyal 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.
Late-night jazz from Angels in the Architecture ensemble inspired by Beethoven’s piano music.
Sunday 17 MayRoyal 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.
Prodigious Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, who gave his first professional recital at the age of eight, tackles Beethoven’s massive ‘Hammerklavier’ sonata.
Our complete piano sonata cycle concludes with Beethoven’s exploratory final three sonatas, performed by our series curator, French pianist Emmanuel Despax.
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
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.
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.
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