Friday 18 September 1.00pm
Katya Apekisheva Piano Recital
Venue: Unitarian Chapel
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor Op.10 No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major Op. 2 No. 3
Described as being a “profoundly gifted artist” by Gramophone magazine, Katya is one of Europe’s most renowned pianists, in demand internationally as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. A prize winner at the Leeds International Competition she opens the 2020 York Chamber Music Festival’s celebration of Beethoven with two of his early sonatas. Begin at the beginning! Be aware that even here this is no ordinary composer, no ‘beginner’ but a fully-fledged genius already pouring out his wit, his intelligence, his love of the new pianoforte and showing us his soul.
In his late 20s we find Ludwig living in Vienna having managed to secure the patronage both as composer and pianist of Vienna's cosmopolitan aristocracy. They had an insatiable need for chamber music and he was able to supply string trios, piano sonatas, violin sonatas and more. We should not forget that he was best known at this time for improvising at the piano. The Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor (Op.10, No.1) was written in 1798 and dedicated to Anna Margarete von Browne, the wife of a Russian diplomat who was Beethoven's main patron at this period. The sonata shows the twenty-something composer/performer stretching piano technique and includes one of his most glorious slow movements.
The C Major sonata is one of a group of three and shows Beethoven experimenting and innovating with his characteristic challenge to convention. While all the general mood of this sonata remains light-hearted, the music is also dramatic and replete with characteristic Beethovenian drive and assertiveness; and pushing the limits of the pianoforte.
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