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