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LVB250 – IGOR LEVIT ”APPASSIONATA”

Igor Levit plays Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 19, 20, 22 and 23.

Igor Levit is one of his generation’s most important pianists (he was born in 1987) and he regularly appears on all of the major concert stages worldwide. He has performed at Konserthuset Stockholm on several occasions, each time with Beethoven on the programme. When he returns for the major Beethoven anniversary, he will do so emphatically – in eight concerts, he will perform all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

It is clear that Beethoven was influenced by Mozart in Sonata No. 5 in C Minor. The two likely met in Vienna in 1787 and it is also possible that Beethoven took several lessons from Mozart. This sonata has clear similarities to Mozart’s Sonata in C Minor K. 457. The sonatas of Opus 49 are numbered 19 and 20, but they were composed much earlier. They only have two movements and are intended for amateurs to be able to play them. Sonata No. 22 in F Major has an entirely different character, and it is one of his most imaginative creations, composed for the mighty Waldstein. 

The Appassionata, along with Moonlight Sonata and Pathétique, are perhaps Beethoven’s best-known piano sonatas. The title emerged after Beethoven’s death on an edition for piano four hands. This is passionate and emotional music with violent eruptions. In the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung, one critic wrote that Beethoven “has yet again released the evil spirits in a way with which we have already become familiar in his other great sonatas.”

Igor Levit plays Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 19, 20, 22 and 23.

Friday 21 February 2020 19.00

Ends approximately 20.50

Price:

220-395 SEK

Igor Levit is one of his generation’s most important pianists (he was born in 1987) and he regularly appears on all of the major concert stages worldwide. He has performed at Konserthuset Stockholm on several occasions, each time with Beethoven on the programme. When he returns for the major Beethoven anniversary, he will do so emphatically – in eight concerts, he will perform all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

It is clear that Beethoven was influenced by Mozart in Sonata No. 5 in C Minor. The two likely met in Vienna in 1787 and it is also possible that Beethoven took several lessons from Mozart. This sonata has clear similarities to Mozart’s Sonata in C Minor K. 457. The sonatas of Opus 49 are numbered 19 and 20, but they were composed much earlier. They only have two movements and are intended for amateurs to be able to play them. Sonata No. 22 in F Major has an entirely different character, and it is one of his most imaginative creations, composed for the mighty Waldstein. 

The Appassionata, along with Moonlight Sonata and Pathétique, are perhaps Beethoven’s best-known piano sonatas. The title emerged after Beethoven’s death on an edition for piano four hands. This is passionate and emotional music with violent eruptions. In the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung, one critic wrote that Beethoven “has yet again released the evil spirits in a way with which we have already become familiar in his other great sonatas.”

  • The music

    Approximate times
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 5 in c minor
    20 min
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 19 in g minor
    8 min
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major
    8 min
  • Intermission
    25 min
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major
    12 min
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata"
    25 min
  • Encore:
  • Robert Schumann Kind im Einschlummern from Kinderszenen för piano
    2 min
  • Robert Schumann Der Dichter spricht from Kinderszenen for piano
    2 min
  • Participants

  • Igor Levit piano

Friday 21 February 2020 19.00

Ends approximately 20.50

Price:

220-395 SEK