January 23, 2018 at Royal Festival Hall in London.
In a new series, the British pianist brings together three key figures, Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms, tracing the thread of musical heritage from one to the next.
Tonight’s programme is bookended by two sparkling Haydn sonatas that show the composer at his most witty.
Beethoven, who was for a time Haydn’s pupil, almost trumps the senior composer at that game in his late Bagatelles, Op.126. In these six brief pieces, punchy inventiveness rubs shoulders with profound lyricism.
Brahms’ Op.118 also consists of six contrasting pieces, but these encapsulate emotions ranging from impassioned extroversion to the most haunted, darkly reflective inner journeys.
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C, Hob.XVI/50
Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, Op.126
Brahms: 6 Pieces for piano, Op.118
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G, Hob.XVI/40
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