LvB250 – IGOR LEVIT ”MOONLIGHT”
Igor Levit plays Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 16.
Friday 16 October 2020 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
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.
The elegant and passionate Pastoral sonata was named after its idyllic introduction. Unlike the Pastoral Symphony, which he composed ten years later, it was not Beethoven but rather one of his publishers who titled piece.
To spare his increasingly deteriorating hearing and perhaps also to manage his constantly recurring stomach troubles, Beethoven moved to Heiligenstadt, a beautifully situated village at the foot of Wienerwald, outside Vienna. Here, he composed the graceful and ethereal Sonata in G Major, in which the voluminous, slow second movement leans towards the coming Romantic Period.
Some of Beethoven’s piano sonatas have been called Sonata “quasi una Fantasia” – “like a fantasy” – such as the Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1, and No. 2, which is the famous Moonlight Sonata. These sonatas were published separately but still have the same opus number. The Sonata in E-flat Major has found itself in the shadow of the better-known Moonlight Sonata, but it is also original, romantic and imaginative.
The musicApproximate times
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 "Pastoral"24 min
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major23 min
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 13 "Quasi una fantasia"19 min
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight"16 min
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