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Beethoven Piano 1                                        27th Jan  The Bear Club Map

We begin the second half of our season with the launch of our survey of all 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven. This epic adventure is a wonderfully ambitious venture for us here in Luton. Spread over some 12 concerts, with a range of internationally admired pianists, this will be an unforgettable musical experience. Frenchman Patrick Hemmerlé opens the series with the early F major sonata followed by the sparkling virtuosity of the legendary Waldstein. He also offers youthful sonatas by Tippett and Ian Venables, this last a contemporary British composer whose work has been much enjoyed by our audiences in Luton over the past few years.


‘…at times Hemmerlé was visibly transported. Who couldn’t be? The music had cast its spell and a transfixed audience was loud in its acclaim as it called for more.’

Cambridge Independent

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Patrick Hemmerlé

Ian Venables – Sonata in memoriam DSCH

Michael Tippett – Piano Sonata No.1


Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in F Op 10 No.2

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in C Op 53 Waldstein