For his recital at St John’s Smith Square, Geniusas will present a winningly diverse encompassing four great composers. The evening starts with Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 1 (1795). Dedicated to classical maestro Joseph Haydn, it shows the then teenage composer skilfully picking up his tutor’s style. It will be followed by Brahms’ own Piano Sonata No. 1 (1853), his first published work. This begins where Beethoven left off, taking its opening from the Hammerklavier sonata before its three later movements play around with different forms.
After an interval, Geniusas will shoot off into the twentieth century. Bartok’s 3 Burlesques (1908-11) saw him return the folk-based style of his earlier works. They mix the traditional with the jagged shocks of the new. The evening closes with Piano Sonata No. 7 (1942) by Prokofiev. One of the composer’s three ‘war sonatas’, it was written soon after the Soviet secret police had murdered a close friend. The result sees him at his most dissonant and explosive. The first movement moves from anticipation to violence, turning the sonata form into a terrifying echo of itself. The second is an outpouring of grief, while the virtuosic finale feels like a crazed dance with death, spinning out into a frenzied toccata. Ironically awarded a Stalin Prize, it one of the most powerful sonatas of the modern age.
|What||Lukas Geniusas, St John's Smith Square|
|Where||St John's Smith Square, 30 Smith Square, London , SW1P 3HF | MAP|
|Nearest tube||St. James's Park (underground)|
On 12 Jan 16, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM