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 exquisite melodies.
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.
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|What||Sir Andras Schiff: The Final Sonatas, Wigmore Hall|
|Where||Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
On 02 Jul 16, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
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