Each concert progresses chronologically
through each composer’s final trio of sonatas. First off, Haydn’s Sonata in C Major is a brisk burst of
energy, a worthy counterpoint to the intimate lyricism of Beethoven’s No. 30. Mozart’s No. 16 is a stately work designated as ‘for beginners’, while
Schubert’s No. 21 sees him navigate
the bittersweet soundscapes that defines his incomparable late music.
The second concert opens with Mozart’s No. 17, a masterfully light piece that
belies its genesis during an episode of mounting debt. Beethoven’s No. 31 moves from an exquisitely pensive
delicacy to a bravura pair of fugues. Haydn’s Sonata in D Major is short by even his standards, a sub-five minute
shot of vitality that has been cited as a precursor to his pupil Beethoven.
Finally, Schubert’s symphony-length No.
22 is a work of the sincerest poignancy that floats atop a series of
A week after commencing, Schiff brings the
series to its natural close with each composer’s final sonata. Haydn’s E Flat major, usually considered his
greatest, finds the classical sonata at its most sublime. Beethoven’s No. 32 begins with a profound expression
of cosmic uncertainty before its second movement achieves a transcendent
serenity. Its contrapuntal genius is matched in Mozart’s No. 18, sometimes dubbed ‘The Hunt’, which displays a gossamer
lightness. Schiff will close the series with Schubert’s celestial No. 23, finished a mere two months
before his death yet imbued with a current of hope.
Priority booking for Wigmore Hall’s Summer
season is now open. General booking opens on 5 February.
|What||Sir Andras Schiff: The Final Sonatas, Wigmore Hall|
36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP | MAP
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On 02 Jul 16, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
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