Recitals begin at 1.00pm unless otherwise stated.
Admission is free but donations, on which we rely, are very welcome.
Wednesday 23 September
Christine Stevenson Piano
Poulenc: MélancolieDebussy: L’isle joyeuse
Debussy: Pagodes – La soirée dans Grenade
La jardin sous la pluie
Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op.22
Thursday 24 September
Agata Daraškaitė Violin
James Cheung Piano
Beethoven: Sonata No.4 in A minor for violin & piano, Op.23
Debussy: Sonata in G minor for violin & piano
This is the first in a series of eight recitals in 2020 which will feature the complete Violin and Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven performed by Agata Daraškaitė and James Cheung and celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Originally planned to start in March they were postponed due to the lockdown.
Beethoven’s personal life was famously wild and tortured, from his wretched childhood and early musical education at the hands of an alcoholic and abusive father to his hopeless, unrequited romantic passions. Yet from personal chaos emerged perhaps the greatest music ever composed. Written for two of the instruments with which he was inextricably linked, the ten sonatas for violin and piano chart the early period of Beethoven’s career from 1797 to 1812. There are two sets of three (opus 12 and opus 30), and four single works. Each is a great masterpiece, demonstrating the spirit and genius of this prodigious composer.