Saturday 27th May 11.15am Ends approx 1pm
Chipping Campden School
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Alfred Brendel lecture
Beethoven – The last three sonatas
Beethoven’s late piano sonatas are the magnificent conclusion of a series of works that covered most of the composer’s lifetime. What happens when a composer creates three major works side by side? How can one define Beethoven’s late style? How do these works relate to Beethoven the man? How were these sonatas received, and what do they mean to us today?
We are delighted that Alfred has agreed to make a return visit to the Festival to present his new lecture, which explores these fascinating questions.
There will be a short Q&A after the talk chaired by Thomas Hull
“If I belong to a tradition it is a tradition that makes the masterpiece tell the performer what he should do and not the performer telling the piece what it should be like, or the composer what he ought to have composed.”
Alfred Brendel’s place among the greatest musicians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is assured. Renowned for his masterly interpretations of the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Liszt, he is one of the indisputable authorities in musical life today and one of the very few living pianists whose name alone guaranteed a sell-out anywhere in the world.
For full biography see Alfred’s website
Tickets – all unreserved seating £15 Students £1