Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7, 'Grand Sonata'
Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1, 'Little Pathétique'
Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, 'Waldstein'
Louis Schwizgebel piano
Three of Beethoven’s most visionary sonatas for piano. Even in the early No. 4, the composer was investing his music with characteristic verve, syncopations and energy. But Beethoven didn’t just push the envelope with forcefulness. The sonata contains pain and melancholy, anticipating the ghostly humour encased in No. 5 and the shimmering vitality and strange apparitions of the work he wrote for his dear friend Count Waldstein. To play all three, we welcome the Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel whose recorded Beethoven is ‘poised, lively and full of subtle, changing detail’ for BBC Music Magazine.
The concert is scheduled to end at approximately 21.25