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Beethoven Piano                                       27th Jan 2020 The Bear Club Map

We begin the second half of our season with the launch of our survey of all 32 solo 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 display of the legendary Waldstein.

In the second half of his recital he offers a selection of virtuoso studies from four great, piano-playing Russian composers; their profound understanding of the keyboard is apparent in every scintillating note of these jewelled miniatures. This will be an exhilarating start to our exploration of the Beethoven piano sonatas and their cultural legacy over the last 250 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



Patrick Hemmerlé

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

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in C Op 53 Waldstein

Sergei Lyapunov – Études 1 & 9 from Transcendental Études Op 11

Alexander Scriabin – Études Op 2 No.1, Op 8 No.2, Op 42 No.3

Sergei Rachmaninov – Études-Tableaux Op 39 No. 1, 4 & 6

Nikolai Kapustin – Études Op 68 No.1 & 3.